World at work day is just the job for pupils


Rutherglen Reformer - - Career Day - Mur­ray Spooner

As a jour­nal­ist you are usu­ally the one to ask the hard hit­ting ques­tions.

But this week at Croft­foot Pri­mary’s ca­reer day, the Re­former was one of dozens of busi­nesses who were put un­der the spot­light – for a short time at least.

The world at work com­mit­tee at the school helped or­gan­ise and in­vite lo­cal com­pa­nies and mem­bers of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to come in to chat to pri­mary six and seven pupils about their jobs.

Groups of two to three young in­ter­view­ers spent five min­utes with each rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a busi­ness in a bid to get a feel for what life is like in their day job.

Although the Re­former was able to an­swer ques­tions such as ‘what is your typ­i­cal day like?’ and ‘do you need a lot of team work?’ eas­ily, some pupils looked to test the wa­ters. Ques­tions such as, ‘how much do you get paid?’ and ‘why do news­pa­pers not have any sta­ples in them?’ were just some of the more in­ter­est­ing top­ics dis­cussed.

Ev­ery pupil and rep­re­sen­ta­tive how­ever, took it all in good spirit and an en­joy­able and in­for­ma­tive day was had by all.

Pri­mary seven pupils Tia and Mur­rin, were part of the world at work com­mit­tee.

Both were not sure of what job they may like to do in the fu­ture but felt that the event helped them view the va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries out there.

Tia said: “It’s been re­ally in­ter­est­ing speak­ing to lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple. I don’t know what I’m do­ing yet but it’s been a good help.”

Mur­rin added: “We’ve re­ally en­joyed to­day. It’s been good to find out how things work at a news­pa­per.”

Aimee and Kim­ber­ley, also of pri­mary seven, were part of a po­lite and en­gag­ing class of stu­dents ea­ger to find out about the world of work. Aimee, who is as­pir­ing to be a mid-wife, said: “I would like to be one be­cause I want to help peo­ple with dif­fi­cul­ties be­cause I have autism and Asperger’s.

“I’d still like to be a mid-wife but to­day has been great.”

Kim­ber­ley, who wants to be ei­ther a singer, vi­o­lin­ist or an ac­tress, said: “We’ve re­ally en­joyed it to­day.

“We’ve liked learn­ing about all the dif­fer­ent jobs and speak­ing to ev­ery­one.”

Pri­mary seven teacher, Anne Malone, said the event was very ben­e­fi­cial to the pupils.

She added: “It’s been a re­ally good ini­tia­tive by the school and the world at work com­mit­tee to bring this to Croft­foot. The pupils have shown real lead­er­ship and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills at this event. The turn out has been amaz­ing.

“We would like to thank all the busi­ness and com­pa­nies for com­ing out here to­day.”

World of work com­mit­tee Kai McKin­lay, Mur­rin McGav­ock, Louis Smil­lie and Tia Cartwright

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