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Careers and Universities Fair

Pupils from Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth attended the annual Careers and Universities Fair at St John’s School on Wednesday 21 November. The event is designed to give pupils a valuable chance to discover more about the future pathways and opportunities available to them in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

To deliver an informative and honest insight into a wide range of careers and industries, over 50 visiting guests attended the Fair to answer our pupils’ questions. Rather than representing organisations, they were at St John’s to talk independently about their careers and give unbiased views on the best and worst aspects of their roles. The visiting professionals were welcomed from a wide range of fields, including medicine, finance, engineering, law, interior design, marketing and aviation.

Guest speaker Sarah Dean, from StudentSpringboard, opened the event by discussing employability skills with the pupils and the importance of understanding the options available to them. Sarah encouraged pupils to do a lot of research to help narrow down the wide range of options and to make a choice that will help them achieve their future goals.

We were also delighted to welcome many universities to St John’s and pupils used the opportunity to learn more about the courses, requirements and wider student life on offer at different institutions. Adding to the variety of information available, major corporate employers such as Unilever were present to highlight higher education apprenticeship opportunities. Alongside this, a number of gap year providers were also on hand to help pupils explore the global experiences available to them prior to undertaking further studies.

‘The Fair was a valuable opportunity to aid the pupils’ research into their future plans; it has allowed them to find out what it is really like to work in a fascinating range of roles and to understand how career paths develop and progress.’ Sophie Westerby-Jones, Deputy Head of Sixth Form (Careers)