Pupils take the fast track way to real life ad­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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