Careers Counselling -
We Help Students Find the Right Path
Two experienced career counselors , Dr. Günter Klause and Dr. David Mathieson, advise students at Schule Schloss Salem regarding their future career paths. Furthermore members of the Salem network - teachers, parents, alumni, and other experts - are available to offer advice and assistance.
Careers counselling begins in Year 9 and follows a clearly defined goal: each student should become aware of his or her individual skills and interests and be able to make realistic decisions regarding his or her own future endeavors.
Students are provided continual in-put at three levels in preparation for embarking on their chosen path upon leaving school:
|Year 9||Developing a scenario of future prospects based on an analysis of interests and abilities||Interdisciplinary classroom modules in social sciences||Careers counseling Workshop ; Session for international track: „Applying to British and American universities“|
|Year 10||Assistance with personal evaluation of the workplace internship ; Individual counseling: Choice of subjects for German Abitur "Kursstufe" ; Apprenticeship ambassadors program||Interdisciplinary classroom modules in social sciences ; Three-week workplace internship ; Aptitude Testing: geva-Test ; Administration of PSAT||Internship report and presentation ; Information about apprenticeships in Germany ; Information about standardized tests (e.g., PSAT und SAT)|
|Abitur / IB||Regular individual counseling throughout school Ages ; Support in focusing on a study program or apprenticeship and in finding appropriate University ; Support in preparing university applications for German and foreign universities||Two-day seminar on setting goals and making decisions (BEST program of Baden-Württemberg) ; Interests and aptitude testing as appropriate (e.g., geva-Test, Insights-Analyse, Explorix, etc.)||Introductory program about university study and application procedures in Germany, UK, and the USA ; Career Information Day ; On-campus visits from private and public universities|
Ages 9 - Evaluation of One's Own Interests, Aptitudes and Goals
In both the German and international track students in Ages 9 attend a workshop with both of Salem's careers counselors. Students learn to develop an awareness of their skills, interests and goals. This process of self-discovery is an important prerequisite for selecting the best, i.e. personal, academic profile and appropriate extracurricular involvement in student positions and functions. Interdisciplinary social science lessons introduce students to various kinds of careers fields.
Ages 9 to 12 - Tests and Applications
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is a standardized test offered by a U.S. organization and measures academic skills in the areas of critical reading, mathematics and writing. The test provides students in Ages 10 feedback about their performance level and familiarizes them with the SAT test format.
Participation in the SAT test is usually required as part of the application process for U.S. universities.
During German lessons in the IB system students receive preparation for this centrally administered test of German as a Foreign language, which is required by all German universities.
Application and Admission Procedures for all Universities
We support our students during the university application process which - especially for universities abroad - may involve very complex and demanding procedures.
Ages 10 - Workplace Internship
Since 1984 all students in Ages 10 have been required to undertake a three-week internship in a workplace of their choice. In addition to the work experience itself, this project involves pre-internship preparation and post-internship reflection during their German and social studies classes, as well as a final presentation.
Ages 11 / 12 - Decision-making Guidance and Information
A state-sponsored training program held at Salem for identifying goals and making decisions regarding career-training and university study.
Career Information Day
Students are given the opportunity inform themselves in detail about a selection of professions. Parents and alumni participate in information sessions which help students compare their ideas of those careers with real-life cases and situations.
Information about European Universities
Students are given general information and, whenever possible, meet with representatives of national and foreign universities who make visits to the Salem campus.