University Guidance and Career Counselling  

At OWIS, your child will be guided throughout their academic journey so that they can fulfil their personal dreams, goals and ambitions. Your child will have access to our University Guidance and Career Counselling team who are deeply committed to your child’s success.

Our university guidance team counsels students in Grades 8 to 12 and provides them with information about various career options and universities that may be of interest to them. They help them understand the specific requirements, programmes and scholarship opportunities available at these institutions.

Our university guidance counsellor meets with students on an individual basis to guide them in preparing their personal statements and their essay topics for their college applications. Students are provided with both practical and moral support during this transitional time when they first start to think about their futures as independent adults.

Students who are going on to complete their National Service (NS) in Singapore or are thinking of starting a career after completing secondary school are guided through this process by our guidance counsellor.

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University Guidance and Career Counselling

Grades 8 - 10

The university guidance and career counselling programme begins when students are nearing the end of Grade 8. By starting the programme early and introducing students to the available opportunities, they are uniquely prepared to apply to colleges and universities when the time comes. Also, our team works with Grade 8 students to help them select their Cambridge IGCSE subjects. We encourage them to choose subjects that will appeal to their interests and will also be applicable to the career paths they are considering. Our team provides students with information about the options available to them so that they know what possibilities lie ahead.

As some universities consider assessment results in Grades 9 and 10, we believe this is the appropriate time to start counselling our students. By the end of grade 10, we are helping students select their subjects for the IB DP.

Grades 11 - 12

Students in Grade 11 will participate more regularly in meetings and workshops with our university guidance and career counselling team. These interactive and engaging activities help students prepare for the college admission process that they will begin shortly.

Throughout Grades 11 and 12, students individually meet with the guidance counsellor who works with students to:

  • Provide guidance on specific requirements for individual colleges and universities.
  • Assist with the application process.
  • Provide feedback on personal statements.
  • Brainstorm ideas for college essays.
  • Review essays and applications before submission.
  • Offer support to students during this exciting stage of life.

The university guidance and career counselling team at OWIS are there to ensure that your student has the support they need to pursue their goals after completing their IB Diploma Programme. We pride ourselves on working closely with students to help them understand their options and narrow their focus on a career that will suit their needs, strengths and interests. We want our students to have a successful experience when applying to the university of their first choice, and we are just as happy as them when they receive their acceptance letters.

Our university guidance team is here for you and your child. We can provide you with the practical and moral support you need to navigate decisions about higher education and career paths. Your child is invited to set up a meeting with our team at any time to learn more about our support services.

Michelle Dickinson
Tony Fernandez

University and career guidance counsellor

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