Sele School students inspired by Youth Connexions careers event

15 February 2016

Students in Year 10 had their ambitions sparked by a lively careers morning on Tuesday 9 February at The Sele School. Organised by Youth Connexions, the event included an interactive ‘careers carousel’, CV building and using social media as a job search and professional networking tool.

The careers carousel gave small groups of students 15 minutes with an employer to learn more about the sector and ask questions. During the two hour session the students were able to speak to a variety of employers including Longmores Solicitors, the Army, NHS, University of Hertfordshire, CK Music Academy, Hertford Regional College and Hertfordshire County Council.

Sele School Collage Feb 2016

Matt Green gave the introductory talk about his dual career as a paramedic and health promoter (top, centre)

Keynote speaker Matt Green opened the event talking about his dual careers of working as a paramedic and in health promotion. Matt’s talk challenged the students to make the most of opportunities as these will influence their career paths. Matt commented “The young people `got it` and were able to engage in an ambitious and grown up way; it will be interesting to see where they are in 10 years’ time!”

Steve Millar, Careers Coordinator at The Sele School said “I had the opportunity to ask some quite direct questions to a number of the Year 10 students at the end of the day and they spoke very highly of the experience. It was really great to see how energised a large percentage of the students were. The day has opened a number of our students’ eyes to a wider spectrum of job opportunities.”

Wendy Gordon, Employment & Skills Coordinator at Youth Connexions commented “We really appreciate the time and patience that the employers are prepared to give to local students who find it so beneficial. It has caused them to think in more detail about their career aspirations. I know that a number of Year 10 students have requested appointments to see the school’s Youth Connexions Personal Adviser to discuss their future pathways.”

Coral Deja, Employment and Training Adviser at Youth Connexions said “Getting across who you are to an employer is really important. Today we have focused on the more traditional approach of the CV as well as the increasingly important online presence, where LinkedIn is a key tool to getting on in your career.”

Keiran, a student at the school, said “It was brilliant to be able to spend time talking to the soldiers from the Army. I’ve learned a lot more about the Army life and I am going to consider it more.” Fellow student Tom said “I had initially been utterly fixated on taking up a career as a motor vehicle technician but following today’s excellent event I am thinking more broadly about my potential options and courses of action.”

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