A virtual Careers Fair, online talks from former students, current staff and local MP ensured there was something for everyone in a packed programme of activity for #NCW2021 – or National Careers Week to give it its full title.
The week began with students and staff asked to make pledges. For the young people this encouraged them to believe in a positive future career. Teaching staff too wrote down their commitment to support students as they seek advice and make decisions.
On into the many sessions booked, students enjoyed a huge choice; careers in technology from Koderly, a software development company based in Oldham, a live Q&A with Masterchef winner and former student Simon Wood, and insights into working life of fire-fighters, the police and the NHS, delivered by another former student, Sam Reece, who after a successful career in nursing moved to lecture in the subject at the University of Bolton.
The Virtual Careers Fair was a national event, introducing students to a great choice of employers and illustrating just how broad the options for future employment is. The idea that many jobs that our students might take up in the future are in sectors and using technology that doesn’t exist yet helped to inspire and inform.
As the week went by even more activity opened up. Children’s author Anthony Ormond led an event encouraging young writers to develop their skills. Language specialist Emma Cheetham shared how useful learning a second language can be. Martin from Kier, the company who maintain the Radclyffe School building, spoke about his experience and expertise in Electrical Engineering.
Questions to Oldham MP Jim McMahon provided a highlight as the week came to an end. Students in all year groups were challenged around how prepared they are for the future and for work – even if that seems a long way off.
Finally, congratulations to Aliza and Evie who acted as our roving reporters in school, recording interviews and presenting very professionally to provide valuable information to the whole school.