Dumfries Academy tried something a little different recently: speed dating with second years, with a twist.
We invited 40 volunteers from our local community to join us for a career dating morning. The pupils spent the weeks leading up to the event working with Skills Development Scotland, their tutors and their teachers preparing questions to ask the volunteers.
On the morning of the event the volunteers were welcomed to the school by the school’s My World of Work Ambassadors who helped coordinate and facilitate the morning. The hall was set up with 40 tables for the volunteers and the second years were split into groups of three or four.
In five minute slots the pupils then dated their volunteers and asked them all about their chosen career and the job they did. We had volunteers from all sectors and industries, from doctors to hairdressers, engineers to a magician!
The feedback from the volunteers and from the pupils was fantastic. They thoroughly enjoyed the morning and it was evident that they had benefitted from the experience.
Second years will now build on this project and will research a particular career path with the assistance of their My World of Work Ambassador Buddy and will present a talk in their Mathematics classes.
Job speed dating Pupils question volunteers about their chosen career
Pausing for thought A pupil during the maths challenge
Team working Maths challenge contestants