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Careers Counsellor

Specialist Staff To Guide and Inspire Students To Find The Right Career Pathway

Specialist One-to-One Support

Sunmarke has two full-time Careers Counsellors, who, along with Form Tutors and the Head of 6th Form, advise students on their higher education and career path. Students works closely with these experts and parents are always welcome to speak to our Careers and University team to find a pathway suitable for their child. Through conversations and research, students can find their calling and a pathway of study that excites and enthuses. Read below to see the different opportunities and platforms we use in order to help students get excited about education outside of the Sunmarke classrooms.

UNIFROG

Unifrog is the career and university platform that is used at Sunmarke School. It’s an impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to research their future pathways.

It contains a repository of career lessons, information on pathways, universities around the world, CV builder, personality tests, and links to MOOCs (online courses).

Unifrog is useful for students in their last four years of study but can be accessed and used by all in Secondary. Students can use the platform to start to explore the different post 18 pathways and the application process for their chosen route. Careers lessons in Y12 focus on psychometric testing, university and career research and to start working on application requirements such as personal statements and US university essays.

We encourage all families to explore this platform together as early as possible in order to start the conversation as to where a student may study as well as what the course requirements are in order to make sure the right combination of subjects are being chosen post 16. There are many factors that go into shortlisting universities such as location, size, tuition fees or university housing to name just a few; with all this choice, it is important to narrow down to specific countries in Year 12 so the application process is not overwhelming in Year 13. Students work one-on-one with the university careers counsellors who assist and guide students through every step of the application process.

University Destinations

Sunmarke students achieve their first choice university destinations which has included UK Russel Group schools, and top Worldwide destinations such as the University of Amsterdam, Bocconi, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, UC San Diego, Georgia Tech, The University of Toronto, McGill and UBC. For a full list of our destinations, click here.

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Offline University Guidance

Parents are invited to join our ‘SunRise Sessions’ where they learn about different aspects of applying to universities around the world and get informed about the procedures and pathways.

Our tailored programme of learning includes researching courses, writing personal statements, practising for aptitude tests and interviews, holding mock interviews and completing applications.

We also host admissions teams from leading universities from around the world each year, giving students a unique opportunity to find out more about their courses and expectations.

If Oxford, Cambridge or the American Ivy Leagues are in your sights, we have a specialist team to advise you.

Think & Thrive Entrepreneur Series

‘Think & Thrive’ is Sunmarke’s very own Speaker Series linking innovators and business leaders in the region with savvy students. A student moderated event, ‘Think & Thrive’ allows them to interact with guests in a unique, studio-style setting.

Guest speakers have included:

  • Ishwar Chugani, CEO and Managing Director of Giordana Fashions
  • Virgin Radio DJ Brent Black
  • Sonia Weymuller, Managing Partner of Venture Souq 
  • Zubin Chiba, Corporate Finance Leader and Partner – PwC Middle East
  • Maaz Sheikh – CEO of Starz Play
  • Nida Raza – Senior Director and Head of Global Capital Markets at JLL
  • Manish Hira – Managing Director, Hira Industries
  • Balki Radhakrishnan, Vice President and Managing Director – General Mills AMEA
  • Dr Marc Sinclair, Head of Orthopaedics – King’s College Hospital
  • Cristina de Torres, Partner – PwC Middle East
  • Francois Oberholzer, CFO – Flydubai
  • Dr Ryan Penny – Therapeutic Lifestyle Consultant
  • Eleni Giokos – CNN Correspondent

Watch one of our Think & Thrive highlights video below:

Workplace Internships At Sunmarke

Academic knowledge complemented by real-world experience is most effective while preparing students for a great career. At Sunmarke, we encourage our students in Year 10 and 12 to actively participate in work experience programmes during the final week of Term 3. 

For our Year 12 IBCP students, work experience is an integral part of their curriculum. We work with our parent community and other links to companies to create meaningful experiences for students in a variety of sectors.

Companies who participate in our Workplace Internships programme are listed below.

Banking:

– Citibank

Investment Banking:

– JP Morgan Chase
– Goldman Sachs

Consulting:

– Deloitte
– McKinsey & Company
– Delta Partners Business Consultancy
– PWC

Healthcare:

– Saudi German Hospital
– New York Dental Studio
– Kings College Hospital
– Emirates Specialty Hospital
– Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Hotels & Hospitality:

– Jumeirah Group
– Atlantis Hotel
– Grand Hyatt Creek
– Zabeel House Hotel
– Pullman Hotel – Business Bay
– Movenpick JLT

Construction:

– GBH Construction
– Caterpillar

Health & Fitness:

– Johnson & Johnson
– Tribe Fit
– Emirates Golf Club
– Sustainable City Equestrian Club

Technology:

– IBM
– Microsoft Finance
– Help AG Dubai
– Vision Valley
– Finastra
– Logitech
– FEDS – Drones

Venture Capital:

– LAZARD Fund Managers
– Detec Space Contracting

E- Commerce:

– Lightspeed

Online Recruitment:

– Bayt

Retail:

– Aurea Puig Fashion
– Guiseppe Zannotti

Real Estate:

– Tabani Real Estate
– MAG Properties
– Time Properties

Law:

– Hadef & Partners

Aviation:

– Fly Dubai

Energy/ Engineering:

– SVS Energi
– Hira Industries

Automotive:

– Pro Fix International
– Exotic Cars
– Super Fix Garage

Media/TV/ Press/ Production:

– First and Ten
– E7awi

Veterinary Services:

– Paws and Relax
– Umm Sequim Vet Center
– European Veterinary Center
– Pawsome Pets

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Career Links

Careers education, information, advice and guidance is an essential part of the support we offer to students. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them with knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices.

As a result, the careers guidance has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum. This policy sets out how career activities are delivered at school and what stakeholders can expect.

Aims and Objectives

The careers guidance aims to:

  • Encourage students to be ambitious, broaden their horizons and explore their own aspirations throughout their life at school
  • Ensure students’ readiness to take their next step in their learning or career
  • Help students to understand the changing world of work
  • Facilitate meaningful encounters with potential employers
  • Support positive transitions Post-16 and Post-18
  • Enable students to develop research skills
  • Help them to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work
  • Encourage participation in continued learning, including further and higher education
  • Support inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity
  • Contribute to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation