Year 9 pupils get a taste of the world of work at Marriotts Careers Day with Youth Connexions

14 December 2016

Year 9 pupils at Marriotts School in Stevenage gained a colourful and first class insight to the world of work at their annual careers fair, which second year running offers young people careers guidance and a range of services from local employers, providers and Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions.

With employability at the heart of the event Youth Connexions designed and delivered a dynamic burst of workshops to pupils, which were designed to develop their self and opportunity awareness, boosting their decision making skills.

Interactive exercises and lively class discussions encouraged students to focus on their ability, interests and future career aspirations in relation to curriculum subjects and the GCSE options they will choose next year.

This was followed by a careers fair that was also organised by Youth Connexions. Pupils were able to talk to a wide range of employers and training providers to gather information about possible future careers, including apprenticeships, and further/higher education pathways they could follow.

29 different employers and organisations were represented at the event and these included, Allied Bakeries, The Chartered Insurance institute, East of England Ambulance Service, Anglia Ruskin University, Stevenage Borough Council, The NHS, Vauxhall, United Living and a range of training and further education providers.      

Students were also able to attend a workshop run by the University of Hertfordshire so they could find out about university life, the courses on offer and the financial implications of attending university.  

Employment and Skills Coordinator John McBride said: “Our sessions challenged students to think carefully about how they market themselves effectively to employers, and we also held a lively Skills and Qualities workshop to get them busy assessing and writing an alphabet of flair and aptitude required for employment.

“From Maths and English mind maps to skills matching career quiz, students began the process of linking subject interest areas to modern day careers. A mixture of creative handwriting, colourful artwork and stimulating discussion challenged student perceptions of ‘career’, leaving left them occupationally curious and more aware of their ability, career ideas and option choices leading to employment.”

Find out more about how Youth Connexions can help with careers guidance and advice.