Sixth Form careers event

What are you going to do after Year 13?  That was the question posed to Year 12s at their recent careers event.  With a theme of ‘Making Informed Decisions’ Year 12s heard from a range of speakers and attended workshops on a range of careers.  

Experts came in to talk about life after Year 13:  University, Apprenticeships, Employment or a Gap Year and to provide the latest on Labour Market Information and trends. These talks were followed by pupils opting into a choice of workshops either linked to a particular career or on topics to help with career planning and finding work such as devising a Careers Action Plan, Interviews, CVs, Application Forms and Careers in Management.

It was great to see Year 12s actively participating in their workshops and lovely to hear lots of positive feedback from our numerous guests on the day. The evaluation forms showed that the majority of Year 12s are going to take some form of action as a result of the day and that an overwhelming number considered the event to be ‘worthwhile’.

Tony Meacock – Intuss Business Consultants who spoke on Careers in Management:

It was a pleasure to be invited to take part in the event. You have a great school: the students are a pleasure to work with and are a credit to the high quality staff at Didcot Sixth Form.

Miss Baines – Sixth Form Enrichment Coordinator:

This afternoon was brilliant! I went to 6 different sessions during Period 5 and they were all attended by a good number of students who were fully engaged and asking intelligent questions. The speakers were all great!

Asiya Rasheed - Regional Training Manager, Liz Earle Beauty Company who spoke on Senior Roles in Sales and Retail:

I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the 6th Form Careers Fair. My current role is the Regional Training Manager for Liz Earle Beauty Company, one of the UK's leading premium skincare brands. 

I took the students through my career within retail which started after I completed my Master's degree in International Business. My workshop looked at the wide spectrum of jobs available within retail, from managerial positions in our stores to Head Office functions such as Marketing, Public Relations and the Technical team. 

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting your 6th Form students. They were highly engaged throughout the session and were keen to gain a further insight into a career within retail.

Some great questions were asked, in particular, around how to gain work experience and what it takes to succeed within retail.  I look forward to taking part next time!

Emelia Harrison and Hannah Young – Year 12 students:

On Wednesday 1st of March, Year 12 were given the opportunity to attend a careers fair, in which guests from a range of companies and organisations were invited to speak about post 18 options in different subject areas. The first part of the afternoon was spent in the hall, where we listened to several talks on topics such as university, apprenticeships and gap years, which were all designed to inform us on the different paths we could take in the future and we were given several useful websites to access. In the second hour we were able to choose from a variety of talks to go to that personally held an interest for us. These sessions ranged from careers in science, run by Tim Holmes from CABI, to law, run by Roy Magara from Hedges Law, and to making yourself more employable, run by Ben Thompson and Abbi Churchill, a previous DGS student who now works at Terry and Thompson’s agency. Overall, the day was a success and highly informative for those of us struggling to decide on what to do in the future.

Mr George, Head of Careers: 

On behalf of all of us in the Didcot 6th Form I would like to thank our wonderful speakers for giving up their time to help students make informed decision about their future career paths and our students for being such good ambassadors for the Didcot Sixth Form. 

Miss C Hanna
Head of Year 12

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