We are often asked when the ‘right time’ is for conversations at-home or in school to be had around making decisions for the future. Rather than recommend a specific time in which these decisions need to be made, we suggest instead that all of our parents keep in mind how ongoing dialogue helps to open up potential future pathways and opportunities.
Grade 10, identifying students interests leading to the future of their choice
Grade 10 is when students make some of their most significant subject decisions as they look ahead to the IBDP which they will begin in grade 11. This decision process takes place in March and is also when students receive their most substantial university guidance from our school’s University Counsellor, Ms Gill Presland.
The IBDP is designed to equip students with a broad range of skills so that their potential future pathways are widened rather than narrowed through specialism at too early a stage. One method we use to help students approach this is to think about their education not as a specific destination, but as a journey.
In practice this means that instead of encouraging a student to say that they would like to study at UCL in London, for example, we instead encourage them to think about what values and interests underpin their subject interests.
Instead, they might identify that they are passionate about making a contribution to healthcare and securing an internationally recognised degree which helps them to do this around the world. We then help them to identify what skill sets and subjects they would need to pursue that direction and achieve their ultimate goal.