The College’s ‘in house’ Careers Advisers are professionally qualified, experienced and impartial. They have a close working relationship with the local Careers Service dedicated to enabling students to make and carry out effective career decisions. They help students before coming to Notre Dame by discussing career choices and subject choice implications and, where appropriate, signposting alternative options. They help students, during their time in College, to research, plan and carry out their next steps. They also advise students who wish to change their course of study whilst at Notre Dame. Careers help is given to students:
- at admissions interviews, enrolment sessions and throughout the tutorial programme
- at individual confidential interviews and at the daily lunch time drop in sessions
- via an email service
- on results day
APPLICATION TO OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES
In the past five years 45 students from Notre Dame have been made offers by Oxford or Cambridge, approximately 33% of those applying, compared to the national state school average of 24%. The College Oxbridge Programme, OCRE, liaises closely with the Careers Department and tutors to identify academically able students and encourage them to consider applying to Oxford or Cambridge Universities as part of the Widening Access to Higher Education Initiative. In 2011–12, 5 core staff and a range of subject specialists were involved and 116 students (31 Upper Sixth, 85 Lower Sixth) attended residentials, conferences and weekly discussion groups to prepare them for the more rigorous tests and interviews required by these universities. About a third of these students go on to apply to Oxford or Cambridge in the Autumn term. Over the past three years the Programme has expanded to welcome students who are interested in studying at other Russell Group universities.