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Students Plan for Future Careers

14 August 2015  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Sixth formers at Richmond School were able to hone their skills in making the right impression, writing a competitive CV and interview techniques thanks to a Future Inspirations Conference. Experts from universities, business and industry helped the teenagers as they begin to think seriously about routes into higher education, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment. The initiative was part of a nationwide schools programme organised by the research and training charity IGD. Talks and workshops covered every aspect of their future development from personal finance and budgeting, understanding university jargon and choosing the right course to opportunities in art, sport and land-based professions. Assistant head Sandra Johnson said: “The day was designed to give students a clear insight into life at university and the host of opportunities available in training, business and industry. As well as providing a comprehensive overview the two-day event also took an in-depth look at CV writing, interview technique and, as well as being supported by universities and business, our Year 12s were able to talk to past students about their experiences.” Coca Cola national account manager Gemma Dixon said: “This is something we feel very strongly about and we are delighted to come into schools to help students understand what employers are looking for.” Sixth form student Holly Taylor, 17, said: “The sessions have been extremely useful and enjoyable. I didn’t appreciate how much information is out there and what we will need in the future to make the most of the opportunities – but I do now.” IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch added: “We launched the programme to help students make informed choices as they begin to think about their futures. It also helps them appreciate that student experiences inside and outside the classroom are key in helping them on their journey into working life.”

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