On the afternoon of Tuesday 7th March, we welcomed over 20 employers into the QEGS main hall for our first careers fair. The event was arranged during National Careers Week to encourage students to consider the broad range of careers available to them locally.
Year 10 & Year 11 students were invited to attend during the course of the afternoon. Many of the students spent time discussing pathways to employment, the types of skills valued by employers and career progression.
All employers in attendance were briefed on QEGS work experience, a very valuable opportunity that all our Year 11s are currently planning for, taking place after their GCSE exams. Some students were offered work experience placements on the day, showing how rewarding making a good first impression can be.
News of the careers fair spread quickly and we were delighted to welcome sixth form students from their private study to speak with employers. Jennifer Hughes from Lower Sixth had the following to say about the event. "I am currently stuck between being a primary school teacher and a secondary school drama / English teacher in Spain, so when I walked into the school hall to see a teaching stall and a Bishop Grosseteste University stall I was utterly relieved! The woman at the teaching stall explained how I'd need to get into teaching and what they look for, then directed me to the BGU stall. The lady on the BGU stall explained what I'd need to do and what courses are available if I'm indecisive. I was very glad to have gone to the careers fair and now I know how I can get into teaching and I am reassured that I don't need to worry myself over making a decision really soon”.
Community links are very important to us, we were delighted that so many employers attended and gave their time for the benefit of our students.