Career and Study Guidance

 

Marika Scheele

Dear students and parents,

My name is Marika and I am the new Study and Career counsellor here at Rödabergsskolan. During this year I will present information on this website about what I´m doing and what I can offer. My main task is to be available to the student whenever they want to talk about their future and their thoughts about studies and working life. Don´t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Marika Scheele
Telephone: 08-508 44 810
E-mail: marika.scheele@stockholm.se

 

Year 8   PRAO, during Spring term 2017

During the Spring term 2017, students in year 8 have work placements, known as PRAO

The purpose of the PRAO period is to expose the student to the real world outside the classroom. It is designed to be a time of information gathering and practical working experience.

Finding a job sponsor is the student's responsibility. This means each student must actively seek employment. The reason behind this is that looking for work gives the student valuable employment-seeking skills which he/she will use throughout his/her working life.

In school, I try to prepare students well for PRAO. We use the Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt- Näringslivs) work material that they offer free and we will also visit the Employment Service's (Arbetsförmedlingen) website a number of times, where students take a personal interest test and they familiarize themselves with different occupations.

We inform each student of this responsibility and we continue to check each student's progress in finding a work/study sponsor. We realize this is difficult for a student at this age, and if necessary we will attempt to find a place for students who are unable to find one.

If it is possible for you, as a parent, to have a work/study candidate at your place of employment, or if you know someone who might, please let us know. If you can not help in finding a job assignment it would greatly assist us if you could follow your child's progress in finding a place. Please talk with your child about what type of work he/she is interested in and help him/her to start the search immediately.

At the work experience place, students will have access to a tutor who will help them in their work. Student’s work at a PRAO place must be safe for the student. It must not be more extensive than what the student can cope with. No late work or long hours; approximately 6 hours a day is good. There should be no heavy lifting and no money management. These are examples of things that are inappropriate for the student. Otherwise there are no specific requirements as to what PRAO places student may have.

Students will meet me and prepare for the work experience period.
It is important that you as a parent or guardian approve the student's employer and the duties involved. You will have to sign an information form before the student may enter the labor market.

Before the PRAO period, students will receive a number of assignments which they must work with when they come back to school.

After the PRAO period the student will receive a written certificate describing the student's work experience. A good certificate might make it easier to find a Summer job.

Please contact us if you have any questions before the PRAO period.

Year 9   Gymnasia application and opportunities for individual student interviews.

Upper Secondary Schools (Gymnasia)

There are eighteen national programs in gymnasia, six of which are college preparatory and twelve of which are professional programs leading to a profession. Vocational education programs may be located in school or be an apprentice training.

The grading system in gymnasieskolan is from A to F and at the end of each course you receive a grade.

In order to qualify for a college preparatory program it is necessary to have a pass grade in twelve subjects. To be eligible for a professional program requires a pass grade in eight subjects.

Students make their first application via the internet already in January / February. It is the preliminary application. In April / May, they can then modify the options chosen and this becomes their final choice.
The range of upper secondary schools with different programs and specializations is very large. It is difficult for students to make such an important choice without information and support.
During the Autumn Term I offer individual discussions with each student so that they understand the opportunities available. We discuss the matter of choice, the future as a whole and details such as schools, programs, tests, admission scores and future professions. Parents are also welcome to attend this meeting.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.

Marika Scheele
Telephone: 08-508 44 810
E-mail: marika.scheele@stockholm.se

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