Taking the next step

11th July 2015

On Thursday 2nd July, year 10 careers day provided an excellent opportunity for students to see what was on offer to them after their GCSEs and beyond. Year 10s were able to learn about sixth form options both at CCVI and other providers, as well as Canterbury and East Kent Colleges, to help them chose the right option for them. The careers day also catered for apprenticeships, which are becoming increasingly popular for school leavers as an option to earn whilst you learn.

A ‘Careers Fair’, where a broad cross section of professionals chatted to students and answered their questions openly, was a universal hit. The Police, Armed Forces, Cummins, Margate FC, a graphic designer, Nationwide and even a shoemaker were all present to inform students, with one pupil being particularly pleased about how open all the representatives were about wages. In between the fair and other events, workshops also ran to teach pupils essential skills, such as CV writing, all aimed at helping them gain employment in the future.

The following day teachers accompanied the year to Kent University, where they were welcomed to an “About Kent” talk and campus tour, which featured the newly renovated library in lieu of the “Kent 50” celebrations. Despite seeming in the far future for some students, others were eager to leave for university after an exciting “Student Life” presentation.

Thanks go to Ms Haines and Mrs Hood for organising such a comprehensive range of events and to all of the guest speakers for their honest and informative insights into the potential next steps for CCGS students.

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