University and Career Counseling

Our Philosophy

The work of the University and College Counselor at ABA is aligned with the school’s Mission, Vision and Values. The guiding principles of the counseling programme are outlined below:

Mission: To provide students with quality information about tertiary study and career options so that they can make choices about exploring their passions whilst contributing meaningfully to society and achieving personal fulfilment.

Vision: Students receive ongoing advice from Grade 9 to Grade 12 which allows them: to have a better understanding of themselves as academic learners and as people who relate to others in the world; to know under which circumstances and conditions they will flourish; to understand the world-wide study options that are open to them; to understand and be thoroughly prepared for the application process. The counseling department will also provide advice and support for those students who do not wish to make a direct entry to university. Students are also encouraged to consider their wider options such as taking a Gap Year, exploring creative or vocational courses, or undertaking an apprenticeship in a chosen area of specialisation.

Values: The counseling team values collaboration. While it is anticipated that students will ultimately make the choice and follow a pathway that is in line with both their various skills, talents and aptitude, the process for career and university planning should ideally involve families. Decisions about where and what students leave home to study need to be discussed together, and all Grade 11 students are encouraged to meet with the University and college counselor together with their parents/guardians.

Our Support for Students

University and Career Counseling at ABA is geared towards developing self-awareness, providing mentorship and guiding students towards making informed choices about their future. The programme includes:

  • Preparation for various post-secondary pursuits
  • Career guidance
  • Careers Fairs / Expos
  • Work experience
  • University application support
  • Transition from High School to university

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Tertiary Studies

A full list of university destinations for ABA Graduates can be found in the ABA High School Profile

University Counseling Resources

University and College Counseling Handbook : outline of our programme for supporting students in Grades 9-12 with accessing various post-secondary pathways.

University Overview 2020 - for specific information about the Higher Education application process for institutions in various countries

University Database 2020 - links to websites and course information for various tertiary institutions (by country)

Semester One University Visit Schedule - all High School students and parents are welcome.

Supporting Platforms

Career Education - Useful Tools

Contact:

University and College Counselor

Denise Barker, dbarker@abaoman.org
Instagram  aba_collegecounseling

Affiliated Organisations:

CIS (University Guidance)