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Careers Day 2019

Careers Day - Wednesday 18th December 2019


On Wednesday 18th December Year 11 were involved in a Careers based drop down day. This involved a number of activities which provided students with the opportunity to meet and learn from a range of local, regional and national employers throughout the day. The day began with an assembly with Balfour Beatty where Project Manager Waseem Sattar spoke to the students about the HS2 project, his role within the company and the different and exciting careers that are available within the engineering sector.


Students then took part in a carousel of activities which included a workshop with volunteers from the NHS and also the Social Care sector; educating students on the different pathways into roles within these careers and the varying roles and responsibilities which are available.


An exciting practical based 'Elite Skills Challenge' was also set up and delivered by The Army encouraging students to develop their team work and problem solving skills whilst participating in a range of challenging activities. This included guiding others through a minefield, using maps to identify key locations and using clues to calculate a range of different codes which were required to open locks to reveal important information.


At the end of the day students were involved in a role model event where volunteers from Mitten Clarke, The Ministry of Justice, Kidsgrove Rotary Club and O2 inspired students in relation to adopting a high work ethic, being resilient and the importance of pursuing a career in an area of interest. This consisted of exciting stories which linked to the volunteers career experiences, their current roles and responsibilities and their pathways into their careers. Students were thoroughly engaged and enjoyed listening to the different experiences that the volunteers had faced within their careers; demonstrated by the array of questions that students were asking throughout the session.


In the weeks leading up to the drop down day students had also been busy creating and developing their CVs and also preparing answers to a range of interview questions in preparation for a mock interview on the day. Students were able to choose the sector that they would like to be interviewed by and were then provided with the opportunity to experience a mock interview with an external employer from their chosen industry. The students were a real credit to the school during these interviews; presenting themselves formidably especially as for most students this was their first experience of a job interview. The employers were also extremely impressed with all of the students commenting on their professionalism and maturity during the interviews and their ability to answer complicated questions in such depth and detail. Some employers also stated that they would offer part time jobs and apprenticeships now to selected students if it had been a real interview! Well done to all of our students on their performances during these interviews particularly when this was a nerve wracking experience for all students involved!