Careers & Wellbeing Counsellor

GEMS Education

Dubai, UAE

Ref: LP414-623

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

About the Role

We are looking for an outstanding Careers and Wellbeing Counsellor to join our team at GEMS Wellington Academy A Khail School

Overview: The Careers and Wellbeing Counsellor is predominantly involved in providing advice and guidance, which are an important means of helping students and graduates explore their career and higher education options and make plans accordingly. In addition to this they will work as an integral part of the school ethos to help students form healthy goals, mindsets and behaviours.

Job Specification
- To work with the Head of Careers and Transition (HCT) to provide a counselling service for students across the school
- Liaise with school admissions and examinations office to maintain accurate and up to date records on students, including external exam results, internal progress report data and transcripts
- Run individual and small group, face-to-face interviews in preparation for their plans Post 16/18
- Offer and host meetings with students and appointments with parents
- Work with the HCT to Coordinate the use of Unifrog and UCAS in order to collect data and manage university applications and research
- Send individual student transcripts and proof of English Proficiency, when requested with the support of the Exams Officer
- Prepare students for university interviews and delivering mock interviews with external professionals
- Deliver talks on Personal Statements, the American Essay, CVs, covering letters, future of work, apprenticeships, student finance, sponsored degrees etc.
- Deliver careers-related presentations across all year groups
- Manage a year 10 and 12 work experience programme and other initiatives across the Academy
- Produce resources for staff training on topics such as writing references, personal statements
- Contact employers and professional bodies to obtain information about opportunities, recruitment procedures and policies
- Research current labour market information to incorporate into careers guidance resources
- Organise programmes of employer visits, careers fairs, the Higher Education Evening, GCSE Options evening and other related events
- Attend parents' evenings for students in Years 9 to 13
- Liaise with other schools and colleges to coordinate visits, share resources and use the GEMS Counsellors network to share events such as the Oxbridge Alumni Mock Interviews etc.
- Produce up to date destinations and display on the Destinations Board in the Sixth Form area
- Attend A level and GCSE results day to support students and their parents in making decisions about Clearing and potential A levels subject choices.
- Social emotional support of the students, e.g. Plan well-being activities and check in on their emotional status in line with the pastoral team and form time programme
- Any other duties as prescribed by your Line Manager


Qualifications and Skills:
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent in relevant subject area
- Complete fluency in English
- Familiarity with and understanding of recent developments in higher education
- Technologically competent in basic resources and programmes
- Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with British and/or American education system
- Knowledge of the admission system to colleges in the UK, US, Canada, UAE and other European and Asian countries
- Strong commitment to supporting all aspects of our programme, especially through participating actively in the extra-curricular activities and contributing to the life of the school community
- Strong communication and collaboration skills
- Ability to interpret network-wide strategies to create school goals

About Your Benefits
Competitive tax-free salary, free schooling, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence and end of Service Gratuity.

GEMS Teachers also have free access to our loyalty app GEMS rewards which provides significant savings on day to day life in the UAE. We offer thousands of discounts and 2 for 1 offers on everything from flights, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, making your salary go further and enhancing the opportunity to save whilst working overseas.

About the Company

GEMS Education is a pioneering education company with an international network of award winning K-12 schools. Over the past 55 years GEMS has grown from one school to being a truly global company with one incredible mission – to make quality education available to every student. Over 20,000 education professionals unlock the potential of over 250,000 students across 14 countries each and every day, preparing children of all ages for real world success.

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