World of work
Pupils heading out into the world of training, employment and further study had a chance to find out what is on offer at the fourth annual Sixth Form Careers Fair.
The Leys School hosted the event, which was open to sixth-formers from Cambridge’s schools and colleges. It was also attended for the first time by a party of students from the Central Foundation Boys’ School in Islington.
Dionne Shaw, Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) co-ordinator for the Central Foundation, said it was well worth making the rail trip from the capital.
“It’s about broadening the pupils’ horizons. They are going to take a lot away from today.”
Pupils had the chance to talk individually to employers and professionals representing more than 50 occupations and to listen to talks on the world of work.
Sarah Vallance-Goode, Head of Careers at The Leys, said speakers had reminded pupils that they were entering the jobs market at a difficult time.
“I think young people know it is very tough, which is why they need something extra. That’s why things like doing the Duke of Edinburgh award, playing rugby or having an extra language do count,” she commented. “People are not really going for gap years this year. Normally I would always advocate a gap year, but this time students are taking a more cautious line.”
Mrs Vallance-Goode added that feedback from students about the event had been very positive.