King Edward’s Witley introduce new focus to careers counsel

King Edward’s Witley announces the appointment of Rebecca Hallam, Head of Careers and Higher Education

Rebecca Hallam is a highly experienced careers consultant, having spent the last 13 years providing careers counsel within the secondary school and higher education sector. A graduate from Exeter University, where she studied psychology, Rebecca has undertaken a number of careers based roles but spent 4 years working for The Careers Group, providing a careers service for the University of London (spanning Kings, SOAS and Queen Mary universities), liaising across all academic departments and offering 1-1 advice and guidance to students.

Prior to the University of London role, Rebecca managed the careers service in a girls’ school where she integrated careers material into the curriculum and provided guidance for students at key decision-making stages.  Rebecca was also responsible for ‘AimHigher’ activities and supporting pupils who had been identified for the Gifted & Talented register. Rebecca holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of East London.

At a time when careers advice has never been more important, Rebecca’s appointment is indicative of King Edward’s commitment to the provision of high-level careers expertise to its pupils and represents the first time the role has been covered by a non-teaching member of staff.

Rebecca said of her new appointment: “I relish the fresh challenges that this position brings, offering specialist careers guidance to such a varied student population which includes international pupils and those who have secured a place at King Edward’s via the established bursary scheme. In addition to providing careers counsel for all pupils at King Edward’s, my role also encompasses Years 7 and 8 at King Edward’s partner school, Barrow Hills. My priority is to ensure that every student has access to this careers resource and I will be working with individuals to help them analyse their abilities and skills to facilitate a seamless transition into the next stage of their education. Gap year and apprenticeship guidance, as well as overseeing the programme of speakers who regularly visit the school to talk about jobs in specific industries will also fall into my remit. These are exciting times for students and I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise to such a progressive school environment”.

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