Careers Speed Networking

posted 7 Dec 2018, 02:35 by N Nelson
On Wednesday 21st November we welcomed over 30 Island employers to our annual speed-networking event for Year 10 students. We work closely with EBP South (Education Business Partnership) to develop a coherent programme of careers events for our students.

Year 10 students had spent the week in tutor groups considering the career pathways they would like to follow on leaving school after Year 11.

Then, working in small groups, students rotated around the employers and asked them a series of questions about their jobs.

This event forms the first in a series of three events which will take place this year. In January, Year 10 students will complete a number of workshops on CV writing and interview techniques. Then in February students will each have the opportunity to be interviewed 1:1 by an employer.

‘We believe these employer encounters are so important for our students as they give them the opportunity to explore their futures with someone who is outside their own family and outside the school environment. Some of our students will have got a lot from the challenge of sustaining a conversation with an adult, and will have benefitted from practising their communication skills’.

Moreover, statistically, students who have had three or more encounters with employers whilst at school are less likely to leave after year 11 without being in employment, education or training.

The feedback from both students and employers has been very positive and we look forward to running the rest of the programme and other events with different year groups.

Lyn Wakeford from EBP South said:

'Days such as this help to bring a reality to the school environment.  We hold these events to give students the opportunity to meet with representatives from different sectors to inspire them to think about careers they may never have considered, which might help with the decisions they have to make for their future studies and employment choices.'