Career Guidance

Abingdon School’s Career Guidance Programme takes pupils aged 12-18 (Year 2 to U6) on a journey of self-discovery, helping them to identify potential careers to which they are well suited, understand and experience the world of work, make educational choices informed by careers planning, and learn key skills needed to gain future employment. 

In short, our goal is to help every pupil think carefully about, and take practical steps towards realising, his future career. 

The Career Guidance Programme combines online career information resources with career planning lessons, skills workshops, one-to-one career guidance meetings, and a wide range of events and activities, including career sector talks, unusual career lunches with external speakers, a career fair, alumni career advice evenings, and work experience schemes.

Every year group enjoys a set of bespoke activities designed for its step in this journey, with one year’s activities smoothly transitioning into that of the next year. This design ensures coherence from year to year and puts pupils in the best position possible to make informed educational choices at the end of each key stage in their education: GSCE, A-Level, and all post-18 options, including Higher Education.

Supporting the delivery of the Career Guidance Programme are teachers, tutors, and selected suppliers of career education, information, advice, and guidance as well as parents and Old Abingdonians.  If you are a parent or Old Abingdonian (or both!) and would like to volunteer your time to support an activity or event in the Programme, get in touch!

Michael Triff serves as Head of Career Guidance, responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating the Career Guidance Programme. He is always interested to hear your views. Email: careerguidance@abingdon.org.uk.