Year 11

Work Experience


ESF Discovery

Discovery College

Year 11 Work Experience 2021 

9-11 June

As part of their preparations for post-MYP study and ultimately the world of work, all Year 11 students will be participating in a three day, on-campus work experience programme from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th June. 

This year’s on-campus work experience programme has been designed to give students a taste of the world of work within the safety of DC’s campus. Key programme features include:

  • preparation of a professional CV 

  • writing strong cover letters 

  • submitting job applications that stand out 

  • engaging in project based workplace simulations within different industry sectors.

  • Industry professional / student consultations to provide guidance and feedback

  • team based project pitches to peers and professional panel.

The three day programme has been developed in collaboration with InvestIN, OWN Academy, and BSD Education, to take it to a new level and provide students with a highly engaging hands-on experience tailored to their interests. 

Day 1 

Opening speech

InvestIn Presentation and mini-workshops
InvestIN is a London-based organisation led by a group of experienced professionals from some of the world's most competitive careers. Their aim is to provide students with an immersive experience of their dream career before they start university, so they can get a head-start over their competition. More than 45,000 students from 100 different countries have attended their programmes, which take place both in-person in cities around the world, and online.  During this session, InvestIn will deliver a number of 10 minute ‘soundbites’ employability webinars with follow up activities. 
Topics cover: Interview, Time management, Presentation & Public Speaking and Employability.

Career Fair
To gain a valuable insight into a variety of different careers, students will attend a tailor made, virtual career fair and have the opportunity to listen to a wide range of industry professionals and experts.   From diplomats and lawyers to architects to performing artists to business entrepreneurs, this promises to be a dynamic and insightful experience for students as they begin to explore the world of work. 

Lindsey Varty

Lindsay Varty is an award-winning writer, journalist, and rugby player for Hong Kong. She now gives talks to schools and societies and runs local walking tours which focus on the characters and industries in her book, Sunset Survivors. Her work has been featured on TEDx, CNN, The Guardian, CCTV, SCMP and more.

Michael Leung

Currently bringing together an international world class team of professionals to launch the World Championship Air Race Series in 2022, formerly the Red Bull Air Races

: one of the fastest, most technically advanced and spectacular air sports on the planet. 

His career path has led him through accountancy, financial services, banking and into aviation. He served as Honorary Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to two successive Governors of Hong Kong SAR.  His passion is Martial Arts and is an Aikido 6th Dan Black Belt.


Mac Ling

Mac Ling is a transformational leadership coach, public speaker, and founder of Coaching Collective, an executive coaching company developing leaders in Asia-Pacific. Before Coaching Collective, Mac held general management roles at Sprint Corporation and Boost Mobile. Mac is also an eclectic entrepreneur and has launched seven ventures since 2001, including an commercial printing company, a fintech startup that sought to eliminate coin currency, and most recently Pavvana, a reusable face mask built to serve first responders during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Chas Sweeting

Chas is a practical generalist who makes things happen. He has been fortunate to lead the best performing teams and create startup cultures in large organizations. They trust one another, outwork everyone, never fail to deliver and have fun.

He ran tech for 3 successful early-Internet startups, led digital product for 2 media companies and led digital marketing for a telecom operator. 25 years in Asia and the Middle East.  Currently working as a Software Engineering Lead at Microsoft CSE.  

Year 10 - 11

Year 12

Day 2 

Team-base Project with industry professionals​

OWN Academy specialises in real world learning programmes in schools to bring industry experience into the classroom. This year DC has collaborated with OWN Academy and designed a project based learning day with professionals and corporations, to provide students with an opportunity to experience team based, industry focused project work first hand. Students learn applicable skills from industry professionals acting as mentors, working on a business brief provided by a client company.

Students will engage in 6 key sectors, which have been developed in response to their interests:

  • Sustainability Consulting

  • Entrepreneurship

  • BioTechnology

  • Finance

  • Arts (Graphics / Design)

  • Healthcare / Mental Health

During the day, the student teams will work towards developing a solution to an industry specific problem, with mentoring and feedback from experienced industry specialists. 

Day 3 

Project with industry professionals

Student teams will meet with their assigned industry specialists in the morning, to develop a plan for formally presenting their project brief solutions to their peers. Student teams will then have the opportunity to develop highly engaging presentations, based on their learning from the InvestIN sessions and feedback from the industry specialist, which they will then present to peer groups. In the afternoon, finalist teams will go on to pitch their project solutions in a Dragon’s Dean style live event, in front of a professional panel and live theatre audience. The stage is set for a high energy finale for this year’s work experience programme.