I started at Hamilton College in 1995 in J5. I loved the practical subjects in school and I will always be grateful for the help that I got from the teachers as it set me up for my career.

Steph Treta
Class of 2002


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Careers Education

Careers Education

Hamilton College recognises the value of careers education from an early stage. Most of the learning is presented within the Lifeskills lessons and is progressive. As well as using our Guidance Staff in-house we also utilise our links with Inspiring Futures (formerly the Independent Schools Careers Organisation) and Skills Development Scotland. September saw us host our first Careers Fayre for pupils from S2 to S6.

S1 pupils are encouraged to begin researching different careers and are introduced to our school’s careers library.

As pupils move into S2 and begin to look at option choices for S3/4 we aim to provide them with the skills required to make an informed choice. As part of this we encourage pupils to look at their own strengths, abilities, and personal qualities as we believe a greater self-awareness will help them to work through the decision-making process. Each year Inspiring Futures run an enterprise activity with our S2 pupils which involves a significant amount of teamwork and this has been a hugely popular and successful event. An Information/Options Evening is also held for pupils and parents in the second term.

We build on our careers provision in S3 by introducing pupils to the concept of work experience and begin the initial stages of applying for a work experience placement for S4.

In S4 most of Lifeskills in term 1 is occupied with preparation for the work experience week in November. Pupils study a range of jobs and are encouraged to find placements with some career interest. All pupils are subscribed to ‘Futurewise New Generation’, the Inspiring Futures careers scheme, which entitles them to an online profiling session, debrief and careers interview, with support available until the age of 23. In addition pupils can consult with Skills Development Scotland during their visits in term 2. In Term 2, Lifeskills revolves around subject choice and entrance requirements for Higher/Further Education. Pupils are given the opportunity to do further research on their psychometric profile and various post-school courses. An Information/Options Evening is also held for pupils and parents in the second term.

Pupils in S5 and S6 are offered interviews on careers, encouraged to research courses of interest and go to University Open Days. Pupils can request interviews with Inspiring Futures, Skills Development Scotland or indeed with their own Guidance teacher. Related work experience is also encouraged, particularly in the more competitive vocations.