Careers events are an ideal way for students to meet potential employers and get a feel for the sort of jobs, apprenticeships and academic opportunities on offer to them when they leave school.
At 16 it’s not always clear which career path you should pursue and the thought of leaving school after GCSEs can be a little daunting. A Careers Fair can help by providing an insight into different post-16 options as well as inspiring youngsters to think about options they may not previously have considered. And even for those students who are sure of what they want to do when they leave school, a careers event is the perfect networking opportunity presenting them with the chance to chat face-to-face with employers, discuss potential jobs, future vacancies, and make contacts to keep in touch with and send their CV to in the future.
Our year 11s discovered the benefits of mock interviews and careers events for themselves when they dressed to impress in their smartest outfits on Friday. Mock interviews had been set up for them to give them a taste of the skills required to impress; whether that be for an academic, internships or employment opportunity. The interviews were a great chance to develop effective communication skills, build self-confidence and discover how to present themselves professionally.
We also hosted a Careers Fair in the hall for year 8 to year 11. With a special careers trail to encourage the students to visit each stall, they chatted to representatives from many of the local sixth form colleges as well as The Army, NHS. Royal Air Force and PWC. A prize draw question sheet also provided incentive for them to find out more about what apprenticeships involve, how old you have to be to sign up to the military and how to train for a career in dentistry. By asking pertinent questions of the different stall holders, the students also had the chance to collect diamonds and a special prize will be presented to the form that collect the most.
Following the successful networking event the students had more self-belief and a much better idea about the careers, educational and training opportunities they can pursue when they leave school. They are now looking to the future with confidence and are ready to do what it takes to get the best results next summer.