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How Boarding High School Students Can Increase Employability for Future Careers

Boarding students make up 80% of our student population at Randolph-Macon Academy.  The inclusive, family-like atmosphere in our dorms makes it easier for students to find their footing in their new environment, no matter where in the world they’re coming from. At the same time, the rigorous, structured nature of life in our boarding school instils our students with cutting-edge skills that simultaneously boost their employability and eases their transition to a college education.

In today’s competitive job market, the structured and safe environment of dorm life at R-MA offers students a unique opportunity to develop skills that make them more independent, confident, and responsible and ultimately stand out among the competition. In this post, we will discuss some of the ways that studying at R-MA helps make our high school students more employable.

Our Boarding High School Helps Students Cultivate Accomplished Time Management and Leadership Skills 

Living on campus, away from the influence of parents and other authority figures, our cadets learn to assume greater responsibility for their education, assisted by our Residential Life Program. They learn to balance their academic studies with extracurricular activities, social life, and other responsibilities. This experience teaches cadets valuable time management skills that will be useful in the workplace, as employees who can manage their time effectively and stay on top of their tasks are highly valuable in the modern workforce. 

Our boarding high school students hone their leadership skills on campus and learn how to more efficiently balance their school work and social life.

Further, the Residential Life Program in our boarding high school offers cadets several opportunities to build up their discipline and leadership skills, which contributes to making them well-rounded individuals as well as good employees. Cadets may be appointed or elected as student representatives, club presidents, or team captains. This experience helps them develop leadership skills that are highly sought-after by employers. Through participation in our Residential Life Curriculum and from holding these positions, our cadets cultivate skills such as communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution.

Students In Our Boarding High School Are More Adaptable and Culturally Aware

Our cadets find it relatively easy to adapt to our challenging surroundings and cultivate a sense of community. Because we’re intentional about crafting a welcoming, close-knit ambiance in our school, our cadets do not struggle to make new friends, adjust to a new environment, and navigate various cultural backgrounds among other students. The ability to adapt and be resilient, both of which are necessary for the workplace, can be learned via this experience. Employees with strong adaptability and stress management skills are highly valued by employers. Students at R-MA get to hone these skills as they come to terms with their surroundings.

Students in our private boarding school, while sharing living spaces or services lounges, typically interact with other students from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Learning how to successfully communicate and work effectively with people from different backgrounds sets our students up for success in their future careers. In addition, the Residence Life Curriculum includes opportunities for good-natured competition that directly fosters the ideals of collaboration, communication, and respect among diverse students. In today’s globalized workforce, cultural awareness is a very vital skill and studying in R-MA’s diverse, multicultural environment helps students develop this skill. 

Boarding School Opens Up Mentorship and Collaboration Opportunities

Apart from helping students gain greater cultural awareness, studying in the diverse settings of our boarding school opens up many avenues for collaboration and opportunities for wholesome mentorships for our cadets. Students at R-MA, through their participation in multiple collaborative projects, discussions, and assignments during the Residence Life Program, learn how to make valuable contributions to their teams and become effective team players.

Through participation in academic and extracurricular activities, boarding high school students can get to understand the impact of effective teamwork, collaboration and communication.

In addition, as part of the Residential Life Program, our cadets have access to mentoring from three R-MA alumni, two ordained ministers, a former social worker, and four athletic coaches. These caring professionals engage with our cadets regularly, establishing positive relationships with them and helping them cultivate a true sense of identity. This exposure to positive mentoring also helps our cadets develop leadership and communication skills that stand them in good stead for their future careers.

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