National Careers Week 2017
This week, 6th - 10th March, is National Careers Week, and one of the themes this year is ‘Early Careers’. During their time in the Senior School we hope the pupils will come to understand the breadth of opportunity available to them in the world of work and know how to evidence their skills at the start of their career path. A number of career and apprenticeship-related events have been taking place in the Senior School recently, from career talks to learning about applying for a work placement.
Job Application Competition
At the end of last term H.E & Careers and Upper 5th Tutors ran a job application competition, the aim being to write a CV and covering letter as an application for one of five work opportunities. All of the ‘jobs’ were aimed at 17-18 year old students and specified suitable ‘skills’ (rather than academic ability). The winners were announced in Assembly and on this occasion received a certificate and chocolates, rather than a job!
Since January, pupils in Lower 5th and the Sixth Form have been learning about the world of work first hand from a range of professionals, with visits from Chris Butterworth of Ernst & Young and Oliver Vernon-Harcourt, a partner in Deloitte’s Consulting business.
On the morning of Tuesday 7th March, Tony Pickett from the RAF Outreach team visited the College to talk to Lower 5th pupils about career paths in the RAF. Recruiting into over 60 different roles, he explained that as well as the high profile role of pilots, there are many other opportunities available to recruits joining after A levels or after graduating from university. There is high demand for engineers, and, with continued advances in technology, for computer scientists. Having language skills can be a huge advantage given the global nature of their work. Tony also explained that in the same way as all other professional organisations, they are looking to recruit people with all-important transferable skills such as team working, communication, motivation and an interest in personal development and ongoing learning. Thank you to Tony for an great insight into the work of the RAF.