Equipping Students for Success in a Dynamic World

Equipping Students for Success in a Dynamic World
Higher Education careers

In today's rapidly evolving world, the landscape of work is undergoing significant changes, necessitating a shift in how our Higher Education department prepares students for the global job market. At the Alice Smith School, we recognise the importance of equipping students with the skills needed to succeed in this dynamic environment. Our Higher Education sessions are specifically designed to help students explore these evolving trends, focusing on the essential skills required for success.

One of the key realisations among students is the growing recognition that academic knowledge alone is not sufficient to thrive in the competitive job market. They understand the importance of being equipped with practical skills that make them work-ready and employable across various industries. Furthermore, students are increasingly aware that their careers will likely undergo multiple transformations throughout their lifecourse, emphasising the need for continuous learning and adaptability.

As traditional degree programmes worldwide adapt to incorporate more work-related learning opportunities, we've also witnessed a rise in interest in degree apprenticeships. These programmes offer a unique blend of academic study and hands-on work experience, appealing to students seeking a more practical and affordable path to higher education. 


During the guidance meetings, our Higher Education department carefully discuss the pros and cons of different educational pathways with students, helping them make informed decisions about their future. We acknowledge that degree apprenticeships offer a completely different student experience, and while they may be suitable for some students, they may not align with the preferences and goals of others. Despite the advantages of degree apprenticeships, the level of interest in this pathway remains relatively low compared to traditional degree programmes. 


Additionally, we recognise the challenges international students may face in navigating the eligibility criteria and transitioning to a degree apprenticeship in a foreign country. We provide tailored support to help international students understand the complexities and manageability of this pathway, ensuring they have access to the resources they need to make successful transitions.

As we continue to monitor these developments, we remain committed to developing our provision to accommodate diverse pathways in higher education. We understand that young people today are faced with a multitude of options and are increasingly conscious of their employability in a competitive world. Therefore, our Higher Education programmes strive to offer comprehensive support and guidance to help students navigate these choices and achieve their academic and career aspirations.

The world of higher education is evolving rapidly, and it's essential for us to adapt to meet the changing needs of students. By focusing on the skills required for success in the global job market and providing support for various educational pathways, we aim to empower students to thrive in an increasingly competitive and dynamic environment.

To learn more, contact our Higher Education and Careers Guidance Counsellor Alison Cantrill.