Ca­reer dat­ing

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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

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