KISU Career Counseling Program Overview
The KISU Career Counseling department aims to help each individual student achieve academic and personal success. At present, the school has a full-time counselor who's primary role is to assist students with college and career counseling. All students are encouraged to see the counselor throughout the year. The atmosphere in the Careers room is friendly and informal and the counselor is very accessible. Students may drop in at any time – before or after school, during study periods, or at breaks and lunch.
Individual counseling: Appointments can be made with the School Career Counselor for individual sessions. Some common problems include choices of subjects, University admissions criteria, parent expectations, advice on the Personal statements etc.
Group counseling: At different times throughout the year, the counselor conducts group counseling sessions. These sessions are designed to help students gain insight into their behaviours, understand their attitudes, interests and capabilities, and learn how to make intelligent decisions about their career.
College counseling: The college counseling program at KISU builds on the self-exploration students started in Grades 9 and 10 with learning style inventories, personality profiles and career exploration. Our formal careers education programme begins in Year-9. All KISU students are included in the college counseling program beginning in Year-11 when a student begins to meet with the school counselor to form a list of potential career choices. The Year-12 students are trained to cover all the researching and decision making so they are ready at the start of Year-13 to apply for universities. The Year-13 (IB2) students are helped to build relationships with colleges worldwide so that students can make more informed choices about colleges that are a "best fit" for their strengths and needs. As the student moves through Year-13 this list is refined and finalised, at which point the counselor guides the student through the college application process.
Facilities: The Careers room houses information on universities across the world. It is an attractive and student friendly room very accessible for the IB students. Students also have access to:
- A number of counselor-led workshops on various college-related topics
- College essay writing
- The common application for US
- Applying through UCAS
- Australia, Canada and other countries' college admissions
- The counselor also invites college representatives from around the world to showcase their university programs. Parents and students are encouraged to attend these events.
Decision making: An overriding theme of all counseling is to help students make good decisions in their lives. Whether it is decisions pertaining to academic college or career decisions, the counselor helps students in developing their decision-making process and encourages them to explore all consequences and facets of their choices. Through this process, we also help students develop a better awareness of themselves and their strengths.
Career Guidance Counselor