Due to the current restrictions, this year, our normal ‘Careers Speed Dating’ event for National Careers Week was replaced with a virtual event. Our Upper Remove pupils had the opportunity to interview an Employer of their choice from a list of suggestions provided by the careers department.
Each Upper Remove tutor group worked together to make a joint decision on who they were going to interview as a group and then decided on the questions they would like to ask in their organised interview.
The Upper Remove tutor groups took part in the virtual interviews last week where some great questions were asked and some very interesting and insightful answers were given by the employers. Our pupils gained a great insight into a variety of careers, learning about application processes, typical working days, what made people choose their career path and much more.
During the event, students were encouraged to be thinking about their futures and how they might fit into the world of work.
From our recent virtual careers interview pupils quoted it was: “A really eye-opening experience” and “It was interesting to learn how it is possible to change direction”, Pupils also discovered that career paths are not set in stone from the examination subjects they decide to take at 14 years old with one pupil saying “I’ve learnt that your future career is not limited by your GCSE and A level”. It was great to hear how beneficial pupils found this event.
Our usual Speed Dating event takes place in College Hall where all pupils are given just 5 minutes to meet and get to know about the occupations of each of our visiting professional guests, where they have chance to listen and ask questions. They then move to the next guest, giving them the opportunity to meet a wide range of people all from different career paths.
Thank you to Mrs Airdrie for organising this careers event for our pupils. It was such a great opportunity for pupils to gain insight into real-life careers.
* 1st – 6th March 2021 is National Careers Week. They have shared their own Virtual Careers Fair where children can talk to a wide range of well-known businesses and industries about the UK’s future workforce. This event can be viewed here.