Marriotts School students explore their career options

15 January 2019

Students from Marriotts School in Stevenage were given a taste of the world of work at a careers day, organised by YC Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service.

More than 20 local employers attended the event, from a broad range of industries including law, engineering, the NHS and the armed forces, as well as representatives from Oaklands College and the University of Hertfordshire.

Marriotts students received a whole school day of careers-focused learning, helping them to start thinking about their choices and options and focus on their career aspirations. Students recognised the importance of careers research, school work, extra-curricular activities and transferable skills to equip them for their futures.

Students were able to network with employers and learning providers to find out about opportunities, entry routes and the different careers available to them.

They also took part in groupwork sessions which focused on raising self-esteem, GCSE options and making decisions, careers in the 21st Century and information and advice around apprenticeships and post-16 options. YC Hertfordshire Personal Advisers supported students to recognise their skills, the support networks available to them.

Feedback from students and businesses who attended the event was positive.

“I really liked talking about different people’s [GCSE] options which made me think of mine. I learned not to copy what your friends want to be – just follow your own dreams.” - Shadice, Year 8

“I enjoyed learning about my future. I have learnt how to make decisions properly and to get all of the information before you make a decision.” – Aimee, Year 8

“It helped me chose the jobs I want to do. I want to be a teacher.” Shelley, Year 8

“Students were a credit to the school! Genuine interest shown and very polite.” – Stevenage FC Foundation

“The students seemed really engaged and genuinely interested.” – Tees Law

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