We recently hosted our Year 10 Careers Focus day followed by two days’ work experience. Each student chose 3 sessions to attend based on their future aspirations, from a possible 26 available and had their own personalised itinerary for the day based on their choices.
The speakers for the day were invited in to school based around career choices the students said they would like to consider for themselves in a questionnaire they completed in the autumn term. As a result, sessions were run by:
- Mazart Studios – careers in art
- Reaseheath College in Adventure Sports & Animal Management
- Cheshire College South & West – including sessions on careers in the Hair & Make-up sector
- University Academy ’92
- Edge Hill University
- LLS – careers in sport
- MCHT NHS
- British Army
- Royal Navy
- Bentley Motors Ltd.
- KMF Engineering
- Changing Education – sessions on entrepreneurship
- PM Training, Escalla (IT) & Equality Training (Childcare) all on apprenticeship opportunities
- Staffordshire University on careers of the future – shares & portfolios
- RSM UK Accountancy
- Poole Alcock Solicitors
- Atos – careers in cyber security
- BAE Systems
- Matt Brown, a former BBC employee on careers in performing arts
- Tarpey Woodfine Architects!
The whole year Keynote speech, delivered by Marion Dutton, owner of Mazart Studio and author of ‘The Healing Art’, was not only extremely interesting but also massively inspirational and it got the day off to a fabulous start. They day then drew to close with the students producing their CV’s, so they have them ready for year 11.
It was a tremendously busy, but enjoyable, day for all involved and the students gained a great insight in to some of the opportunities on offer to them in the future.
Then, to keep the career and employability skills momentum going, the following two days were the ‘Go to Work’ shadowing days, allowing students the opportunity to experience a workplace first hand. Again, the evaluation shows that students enjoyed the opportunity of going out to work. Alex Steed, who went to UKTV in London said: “It was definitely a new experience, very different to school life. It made me think about what employers look for and the logistics of the London commute!“.