On Thursday 14th February we hosted our very first careers fair. Professionals from various industries and companies set up stalls with information about their job roles to inform and inspire our students. We had individuals from the Home Office, NHS, Bank of America, Metropolitan Police, the London Air Ambulance, StructureTone, Canary Wharf Group PLC, VISA, the Department of Work and Pensions, UCL, Goldsmiths University, SOAS and many more. The purpose of this event was to guide students into thinking about their career choices and provide them with information about different pathways.
Throughout the course of the day we had year 10 and 11 students, sixth formers and select KS3 students go to the event. At the end of the school day, parents and students were welcome to attend. The event was an astounding success, with over 30 companies attending. The students were very positive about the whole experience, some even applying to carry out work experience during the Summer holidays.
The professional visitors were also impressed with our school and students.
A staff member from St Bart’s Health commented, “the students were engaged, polite and driven.”
Jeremy York, from the Metropolitan Police said, “The students have shown a positive attitude to police work.”
Sonia and Natasha from the Department of Work and Pensions said, “We identified a variety of career goals from students that show they have real passion and ambition, especially when it comes to helping people.”
Rhiannon Evans from the London Air Ambulance mentioned, “the students were genuinely interested and engaged, asking lots of questions. It’s always nice building a local connection as the Air Ambulance is right across the road from Swanlea School!”
Mark Jones, from StructureTone commented that the careers fair was “a great opportunity to support and provide insight to local schools and to engage with students who express an interest in construction.”
Thank you to all the companies and individuals who supported this event and helped make it so successful.