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Informal Careers Event – 14 November 2018

On Wednesday 14 November from 12.30pm-3pm, Ralph Allen School held a very successful Informal Careers Event for students in Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 in The Lee Sixth Form Centre.

Students had the opportunity to talk to close to 60 volunteers from various professions about their work.  The volunteers shared their experiences of the job to help them consider if it might suit them. Some very interesting discussions took place about:

  • Activities included in a typical day, week or month of the job
  • The skills needed for the role and the transferable skills that could be gained
  • How/why they became involved in the job
  • What qualifications/skills are required for that job
  • How the job has changed and is likely to change in the future
  • The positive points of the job

We had volunteers from the Armed Forces, Navy & Marines and the Air force. Engineering, Manufacturing, Architecture & property development.  There were Medical professional careers on hand including a Midwife, the South Western Ambulance Service, a Medical Consultant and Therapists.  We ensured the education sector was represented with Secondary school teaching, primary school teaching, Norland Nannies and Wiltshire College.  Plus a variety of other careers including Health, Fitness, Hospitality & Catering, Photography, Retail and the Police to name a few.  We even had a friendly canine companion…who in all honestly stole the show!

We are extremely grateful for the volunteers’ time in both participating and advertising our event which provides our students with vital support in decision-making about their future.

It was an inspiring experience for all involved and the feedback received from students, staff and the volunteers has been really positive, some have said this year was the best one yet!

With that in mind we now look to plan next years’ Informal Careers Event to build on that success. If you have family members or other contacts who might be prepared to volunteer for this event next year, please contact Rachel Starr/Claire Sidney on with their name, email address & number and we will contact them nearer the time to see if they would help us out. It is great to have volunteers from as many different walks of life as possible; in the past it has been harder to find volunteers to represent the trades, so any contacts there would be particularly welcome.

Rachel Starr, Administration Officer