The biggest event on the Careers calendar is always the Careers Fair. As predicted, this year’s event was bigger than last, offering an even broader range of career paths for students to explore. Disappointingly, sixteen exhibitors cancelled at short notice. However, due to inviting an increased number of exhibitors over last year, this did not diminish the event in any way.
Following requests from students we had many more universities present who all reported a very busy evening. The Southern Universities Network also gave a talk on what students and parents need to think about when considering the university route.
A particular highlight of the event was the question and answer session featuring this year’s guest entrepreneur Rupert Holloway, founder and CEO of Conker Gin. Rupert gave a fascinating account of his career journey from childhood to the present day, which was very popular with parents and students alike.
We also had a number of hands-on activities such as a flight simulator and a 360° Virtual Reality experience to demonstrate the very broad variety of pathways available through modern apprenticeships.
It was very encouraging that there was such a high attendance rate from across year groups for the fair. Exhibitors commented that it was the best organised event of its kind in the region, as well as how engaged our students are with the careers process. Planning is already underway for next year’s Careers Fair. Mr Downes welcomes suggestions from students and parents as to who you would like invited.