Whether students are just beginning in Year 7 or planning their future once they leave we make great efforts to offer them the advice and guidance they need. The National Careers Week taking place each March provides a vital focus for these efforts, with a busy programme of talks visits and activities. These introduce students to careers they might never have thought of, or help them to find the detail they require of paths they have chosen.
The students’ welcome and wellbeing meetings started each day with a discussion of job roles in the automotive industry, construction and engineering, as well as in Manchester’s flourishing ‘night-time economy’. Streaming the sessions online allowed young people from schools across Greater Manchester to join in and post their questions to the speakers.
Students discovered what new job roles might appear in the near future, as well as which others might disappear. Even from KS3 it is important to understand the skills young people need to thrive, how the subjects they choose to study can influence their employment options, as well as the steps they need to take as they move on post-16 to further study, training or jobs.
Elsewhere ’Careers at a Glance’ sessions introduced students to the major employers based in Oldham borough, and brought together a team of our own parents to share their varied career journeys.
Success in almost any role these days demands an ability to get the most out of new technology. Students made the most of virtual presentations, podcasts to take in important messages, tailored to each year group.
Careers Lead Miss Parkinson said, “We had great support from students, staff and our amazing external partners as we continue to empower our students through high quality careers education.”