Careers Day

18th July 2017

Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School are always striving to equip their students as best as possible for the future. The Careers and Higher Education days held on the 6th and 7th of July allowed students to take part in various activities and workshops throughout the event. The days gave them vital information about how to make the best possible decisions for their life in further education after completing year 11.

The careers fair gave students an opportunity to ask professionals from a wide variety of professions and colleges about what could be expected from the day to day workings within their companies and organisations. This gave pupils useful insight into the challenges and benefits of each individual career sector. Practical activities were also available to take part in, where professionals demonstrated some of the skills needed for the job, such as tiling with the Mears Group who could share their positive values and vision in the process.

The students also had an opportunity to gain knowledge about how to effectively write a CV with Barclays LifeSkills. It is a well-known fact that come time to write a CV, whether as part of an application to sixth form, University or another education path, students can find it stressful.  The workshop helped to highlight the importance of writing a good CV and how to make the most of the limited space they are given. Chris Targett, a representative of CXK gave a talk to our pupils about the different career pathways that can be taken. He encouraged them to ‘challenge the limited assumptions’ of further education, informing them of the more varied possibilities of progressing into higher learning and specific careers, other than the traditional route. According to Mr Targett, career days are ‘vital’ for students in order to give them the support they need to make informed decisions as well as discovering the correct path for them to take in the future.

On the 7th Year 10 embarked on an exciting trip to Canterbury Christ Church University where they could experience a tour of the campus and ask academics about life in higher education. Topics such as the courses available and accommodation were all covered. There was lots of positive feedback from pupils as many said the day and its activities made them feel more confident about choosing the correct path after year 11. More career days such as this was highly recommended by our pupils for future students at the school.

Written by Nadine Kelly, Sixth-form student

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