Merchant Taylors’ School Careers Service
Our role is to help your son build a solid foundation for his future career management. By helping him to understand his aptitudes and abilities, skills and interests we aim to support the transition from school to university and the working world. Part of the whole school’s commitment to encouraging breadth of opportunity and motivation to follow his passions, we aim to translate his time at MTS into career decisions that will be rewarded with fulfilment and success.
We offer a full programme of education and guidance including a wide range of lessons and activities, dedicated career days and events, guest speaker programmes, insights and lectures targeted appropriately, as well as a work experience and inspirations programme. We support the academic team, boys and parents by being available for parent consultations and school information evenings.
Lower 6th students are offered interview skills guidance and practice, and we support the UCAS Advisors and Head of 6th Form with higher education choices. Our Higher Education Convention offers the opportunity for the boys to hear directly from a specialist academic about University study.
We are very keen supporters of the Young Enterprise Programme as well as other business competitions, encouraging teams to develop their business skills, with many successful outcomes.
In Upper 6th we start to prepare the boys for the undergraduate, internship and employment market. With a very keen eye on employability, and the ever changing nature of the labour market we prepare our students to be global players. Our own eight week Career Bridge programme introduces Upper 6th students to the undergraduate recruitment programmes, employer competencies and employability factors that they will face as they move on to the next phase in their lives. They have the chance to explore, debate, practise on us and are given guidance on future opportunities and how and when to access them.
In 5th Form the careers programme introduces employability skills, CV writing and our work experience and inspirations programme. We host our own 5th Form Career Convention to help our students continue to explore career opportunities and this event is supported by many parents and OMT’s who share their own career experiences.
The Morrisby Psychometric Profile is taken at the end of Divisions, helping boys identify aptitudes, abilities and personal qualities along with their own area of interest. Individual feedback meetings are given to each student and parents very welcome to attend. Where a student may have a vocational career in mind such as medicine or dentistry, specialist advice is on hand from the School’s Careers Team working closely with academic staff.
In 4th Form there is a fun, dedicated career day, which includes career speed-dating; STEM workshops, group work and presentation skills, encouraging the boys to start thinking about their choices. Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is encouraged early and our lower school students bid to compete in teams as part of the Enterprise@Taylors’ initiative.
Whilst the door to Careers is always open, support for our students doesn’t end when they leave us. OMT’s are encouraged to stay in contact with the school and have access to our network of previous students and parents who have come forward to offer career advice and mentoring. Many support our events and come back to the school to talk to current students about their professions. Careers at Taylors’ comes full circle.