University and Career Counselling Programme
University and careers counselling in the European Section aims to help our senior students make informed choices as they consider the academic and career pathways available to them when they graduate from GESS. Counselling activities include:
- A Careers Information Exchange in Grade 11
- Guidance on writing CVs and application documents both for university and for employment opportunities
- Support and guidance throughout the application process to universities in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Germany and other academic destinations
- University interview practice
- Advice for dealing with the transition between school and university
The university and careers counselling programme is integrated within the curriculum for students in Grades 11 and 12. The programme gives students an idea of their post-GESS options, which include undergraduate studies at university, an apprenticeship, employment or a gap year.
Grade 11 students will receive specific guidance on the university application process. They will be introduced to the central university admissions systems and entrance tests used in the US, the UK and the Netherlands, and they will familiarise themselves with these application systems.
The counsellor works closely with students in Grade 12 to finalise their university applications or gap year plans. In the second semester, the focus during counselling classes shifts to the post-application stage of the process: guidance relating to university offers and acceptances is a key part of the programme. In addition, the more practical aspects of leaving home and attending university – such as finding accommodation and managing finances – are covered in the second year of the course.