Pupils take the fast track way to real life advice
GIRLS at Beaconsfield High School were given fast paced careers advice in the form of speed dating at a special event.
On Tuesday, November 11, 37 professionals visited the school in Wattleton to road to give 153 girls real world advice designed to make them aware of opportunities in the workplace. Circles of chairs surrounded each professional and a 15 minute session was delivered where the girls heard about how each person had come to be working in a particular career, what it had brought to them and what life was like in different professional fields. These included biomedical science, entrepreneurship, publishing, project management, engineering, dentistry, the police and armed forces.
Professional parents and volunteers from local businesses also agreed to give up their time to share information about their chosen careers. Rachel Smith, headteacher at Beaconsfield High, said that she was delighted that there had been such a broad and wide range of career information available.
She said: “I am keen for our girls to understand that there are many different and exciting ways for a career path.
“There is much more to consider than the key careers that first jump to mind. At Beaconsfield High, we are determined that our students understand that broadcasting, journalism, performing arts, careers using mathematics and advertising, PR and communication and many others, can be just as fulfilling as being a doctor or a lawyer.”
Janet Dixon, the school’s careers leader, said she was pleased that a number of former students agreed to return to share their life experiences.
She said: “Even though the government have cut funding for careers within schools, it is amazing what can be done with some hard work, planning and willing participants.”
She went on to thank those that took part in the event, and hoped that it help the girls at the school learn more about the world of careers.