Broadening Horizons

Broadening Horizons

On Wednesday 17 June, the Careers department invited representatives from major companies across Yorkshire to take part in a Careers Fair.

The event entitled ‘Broadening Horizons’ was aimed at Year 8 pupils, who would be choosing their GCSE options in the following year, and in particular those pupils considering the main ‘STEM’ subjects, i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

‘Many students studying the sciences tend to just focus on the routes into medicine, dentistry or midwifery. Today is about ‘broadening horizons’ by providing the information about other possible career routes and thus encouraging pupils to take a broader view on what is available’, explained Miss Jackson, Head of Careers.

Representatives were present from companies offering a wide range of careers from construction, engineering and finance to science, technology and banking and included:

– AECOM, Answer Consulting, Asda
– Bradford Museums, The Royal Air Force
– Handelsbanken (Swedish Bank)
– ISG Construction Services, Jet 2
– KIER Construction Group, KPMG
– Morrisons, NHS Dieticians
– Northern Powergrid, Raven Computers
– Rolls Royce, Wilmott Dixon

Many of the companies talked to pupils about the wide and diverse range of career options available just within their one company.

careers fair2RAF representative, Joanna Weston said: ‘Most people think the RAF is an option just for those wanting to become a pilot, but there is a lot more to the RAF than flying jets. There are actually over 50 different career options offered by the RAF other than just being a pilot, which in actual fact only makes up 2% of the RAF’.

‘What we want to emphasise is that the RAF can offer a job for life, whether it is in medical support, communications and intelligence, engineering  or indeed part of the air crew – but more than that we want to encourage more girls to consider a career in the RAF’.

As well as the careers advice, pupils were given information about the various possible routes into a variety of career paths, including the options of financial backing  or sponsorship whilst studying. The KPMG development programme offered the opportunity to combine academic study with relevant, high quality work experience.

Gillian Hood, from KPMG said: ‘Our Audit School and College Leaver Programme provides the chance to study for an accounting degree at a leading UK university and become a fully-qualified Chartered Accountant. We will also pay all the tuition and accommodation fees and even provide a decent salary too’.

Whilst Morrisons offered a range of careers from manufacturing, logistics, finance, marketing, buying to IT & Business, technical and HR, they also offered a degree sponsorship opportunity through a partnership with Bradford University.

Sarah Naylor, from Morrisons explained:  ‘We are partnering Bradford University and have developed a unique programme that will allow students to work, earn and learn while studying towards a BSc (Hons) in Management and Business. This tailor-made programme is designed to prepare students for a management career with one of the UK’s leading food manufacturers and retailers’.

Many companies at the Fair such as the KIER Construction Group, Northern Powergrid, ISG, Rolls Royce and the RAF, offered both graduate development programmes and apprenticeships.

‘We offer all kinds of apprenticeships in a broad and diverse range of careers including aviation operations, engineering, hospitality & catering and IT. Students receive the very best training and accelerated pay, and as well as getting paid to learn, they get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF’, said Joanna Weston.

Following the Careers Fair pupils were split into groups and allocated a particular company to represent. Each group was then tasked with producing a careers overview for their designated company which they then presented to an audience of fellow piers, staff and parents.