Our careers offering in school continues to go from strength to strength, led by our Careers Leader, Mr Adams. The aim of our programme is to expose students to pathways that may interest them. It also gets them thinking about potential careers from an early age.
Ms Stroude and the computing team found a fantastic opportunity for students in key stages 4 and 5 in October. The virtual Spotlight Talks from WorldSkillsUK brought together some of the UK’s leading employers and apprentices for a series of inspirational events and talks – all focused on digital skills and careers.
Our Year 11 Creative Media Production students attended a session called ‘How to get started in the games, animation, and VFX industries’, led by NextGen Skills Academy and the Into Games kickstart scheme. The session showcased how courses in games, animation and VFX skills have been developed in partnership with some of the biggest companies in the industry. It was a fantastic and informative session, opening students’ eyes to some new careers they had not imagined! As these industries can be tricky to break into, it was great for the boys to learn the different pathways that are possible.
Year 12 and Year 13 computing students attended four sessions – ‘How a career in IT and digital could help you succeed’, ‘From software engineering to cyber-security’, ‘Get a career with Dell‘, and ‘Could a digital solutions apprenticeship be right for you?’ These sessions covered a huge array of different topics reflecting the different routes on offer – university, further education colleges, apprenticeships and employment. The session on cyber security was particularly useful to our Year 13s as three of them have applied to study this area at university. It confirmed that this is a growing and essential area and gave them confidence that they have chosen a worthwhile career. It also linked to their classroom studies! As a sign of how successful these events were, one student has since changed his degree course from data management to computing.
This was a brilliant event which the boys found incredibly helpful. Keep an eye out for more information about careers events in the New Year!