By Mr Wilkins
Our annual Careers Insight event took place on Monday 7th October. This year we were lucky enough to have nearly thirty guest speakers in school, giving students in Year 11 and 12 a wide range of career opportunities to sample.
Students signed up to attend up to four careers presentations of around 25 minutes in length, the idea being that our guest speakers had time to develop their career area properly and answer student questions. This year the guest speakers were encouraged to really think about school subjects and how they would be relevant to the career on a day to day basis.
Most work sectors were covered somewhere - we had a pharmacist, several different engineers, a software developer, a town planner, a teacher of performing arts, a fashion expert, an HR manager, an actuary, an apprentice auditor, an entrepreneur, a student who had studied abroad, a psychotherapist, a clinical scientist......and several more! This year it was also very exciting to have so many Herschel alumni back with us - more than half of our guest speakers were ex-Herschel students, thanks to the power of our alumni network and of course LinkedIn.
In the foyer we had stands from Royal Holloway University and also Uxbridge College, promoting different pathways for after GCSEs and after A Levels.
The students definitely found the sessions impactful, taking plenty of notes as the sessions went along.
All of our careers work in school is now based around the national Gatsby Benchmarks, which aim to ensure that careers education and guidance is delivered effectively in all schools across the country. This event forms a major part of our drive to meet Gatsby Benchmark 5, which is ‘encounters with employers and employees’ and also Benchmark 4, which is ‘linking curriculum learning to careers’.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our guest speakers, and also to Kate at Learning to Work who sourced three of them for us - and even managed to find another architect at very short notice when one of the speakers was suddenly unable to attend.