The Old Shirburnian Society has, for several years, offered practical advice and help to a growing number of young OS as they leave School and university. We meet with them and discuss their career aims, help them improve their CV and put them in contact with other OS who may be able to offer them advice, direction or work experience. The reaction of OS to requests is amazing, something we are immensely grateful for, and we really want to continue this for OS in the future. The OSS is keen to develop this network to create a new careers mentoring scheme. The idea is that Shirburnians would be able to draw on OSS resources and the goodwill of OS from the point of leaving School onwards, through undergraduate and post graduate days, mid-life career changes and even later-in-life career down-shifts.
The OSS office will still act as a point of first contact for OS and will meet or at least talk to them about their goals and aspirations and will make the first contact with suitable mentors.
Helping the School
We always welcome the help OS can give our current pupils by completing and returning the Careers Department’s questionnaires, meeting with staff and pupils on visits to their campus or company, or attending School based events such as the annual L6 Careers Convention and HE Forum.
OS Graduate Evenings
A recently launched initiative is our OS Graduate Evening when recent OS can receive constructive advice on improving CVs, career management, interview skills and key workplace skills. Feedback received from those attending has been immensely positive.
OSS Professional Events
The OSS hosts a series of events each year for those OS working in sectors such as Media, Property, Law the City and others. If we do not already hold an event in your sector of business, please do not hesitate to contact us and I am sure we will be able to arrange something.
How to get involved: We are looking for OS who are willing to share their experiences of professional life to help other OS and present pupils.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above schemes please register by clicking on the link to the Mentor Form below or alternatively, if you prefer contact the OS office:
If you are looking for career advice/work experience please do contact the OS office: