Young Professionals is a dynamic English language course for students wishing to gain hands-on experience, essential skills, and insight into their future careers.
On this course, students will engage in a variety of academic and apprentice-style lessons, which are taught by a diverse team of experienced tutors with significant experience working in their chosen field. Within each chosen academic stream, students will explore and learn:
- Key English vocabulary pertaining to their chosen field
- Academic lessons and hands-on practical learning experiences
- Engaging group projects that develop essential workplace skills, such as problema-solving and teamwork
- Student-centered learning environments inside and outside the classroom
- Study-in-action excursions, careers Q&A panels
- Improvement in English fluency, especially in practical and career-oriented language
- Targeted pre-university and career development and career-specific skills
- Individualized Career Action Plan with insight from tutors and mentors
- Hands-on experience and apprentice-style learning in chosen subject, including site visits to workplaces and laboratorios
- Soft skill development, including leadership, teamwork, and problema-solving skills
The pedagogical approach of Young Professionals is rooted in the understanding that career education, or vocational training, prepares students to have more positive and ful lling future careers. Lessons on Young Professionals combine both theoretical and applied lessons to develop academic knowledge and practical experience in their chosen career during the programme.
Students can explore different career paths whilst building strong personal skills, such as communication, teamwork, leadership, and management skills. Lessons are interactive and encourage student-centered learning, allowing students time to develop inquiry skills whilst engaging in hands-on learning from career professionals that can offer personal, professional, and educational advice to students.
Students take part in a weekly project, with a presentation evening at the end of the week in which groups display and present their work. Each week the projects are based on what the students’ study in their theory lessons. The aims of project work is to put into action what they have been learning and to encourage collaboration and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. Students receive vocabulary and grammar input in the first part of the project session and are then placed into groups and provided with a project guideline.
Students on the Young Professionals programme will be encouraged to take their learning outside the classroom during the weekly ‘Study in Action’ academic excursions. Students will travel to unique sites to experience bespoke learning tailored to their academic subject and level. Study in Action excursions provide students with hands-on experience and insight into their future careers and workplaces, answering such questions as, ‘What does an engineer do every day?’ or, ‘What careers can I do with a forensic science degree?’ Study in Actions tie directly into the programme curriculum and bring education to life through guided exploration and professional development.
Career skills get you noticed by employers, allow you to perform a job effectively and progress in your career. In these sessions, students explore skills such as communication and networking, leadership, teamwork, interview skills and cv workshops. They will get the chance to speak to professionals in their relevant field in order to understand route to employment, working life in the sector, practical aspects of the profession and personal career paths.