For international schools like One World International School in Singapore, part of their curriculum is preparing kids for the Cambridge IGCSE Programme. Its aim is to nurture a child’s natural curiosity and to encourage a lasting passion for learning about how the world works and the thinking of ways to improve people’s lives. This is an internationally recognised qualifications exam, too, so the IGCSE programs in Singapore almost mirrors that of other schools around the world.
One of the biggest reasons why this exam is such a huge deal is it gives kids a competitive advantage when applying for leading universities, ultimately getting the right opportunities so they can land their dream careers. But let us explore other ways the IGCSE results can affect the shape of our child’s future.
Results will help them decide which career track to take in the future
Talking about jobs and the future may be too much for kids still learning their lessons in class, not to mention working day and night on their revisions for IGCSE reviews. But topics like that get more and more important every single year that they move up to a different level, which means that they need to really think about what they enjoy doing the most in the years that lead up to the IGCSE exams.
While international schools provide holistic education – meaning kids get to experience everything from working on scientific or entrepreneurial problems, to community and environmental development – there will be activities and projects that stand out to them the most. As educators or guardians, we can help them reach to a decision by helping them look back at what those activities are. Did they enjoy talking about biology, human anatomy? Maybe they fit the medical science career track. Are they adept in designing and building, is maths not a problem for them? They might want to consider engineering or architecture. Or are they brilliant prose or poetry writers, are they passionate about painting? The Humanities and Fine Arts definitely fits their profile.
The key is helping them come up with an informed decision without pressuring them too much of the gravity of their decision. Remember that while their choice is going to be important when applying for university, they may still change their minds in the future.
IGCSEs gives them an opportunity to study each subject before revisions start
Before they finalise their career decision, students are taught to study each subject included in the IGCSE revisions. In this way, they will know which subjects they enjoy doing all the work for. You never know, maybe they thought they should choose the sciences because they are good at it before finally realising that their passion is in the arts.
The IGCSE will be one of many major exams that they will take during their whole student life. On one hand, it is a good way to prepare them for the next national or global exam that they will be taking, slowly shedding the text jitters until they are not worried about taking them at all. On the other, it does serve as a sort of ticking clock that tells them they have to decide what career track they want to take.
We can make it easy for them by encouraging them to be brave when choosing a career path. We need to tell them that they should not just follow the crowd, they should just listen to their passions and start deciding from there.