Springwood Careers day inspires students
Medicine, mechanics and media were among the sectors represented as schoolchildren were given the chance to quiz professionals about their career options.
Hundreds of pupils from Springwood High School in Lynn took part in the school’s annual opportunities event on Thursday morning.
And assistant headteacher Nick Wills said the event had been well received by the youngsters.
“The students thoroughly enjoyed their time in the fair with many commenting on the useful advice they had been given,” he said.
This is the third year that the school has staged the fair for students in Year 9, who are currently considering their options for subjects to study at GCSE level from this September.
And school leaders believe the event is vital to help the students to choose the right options for them.
Mr Wills said: “The fair is an invaluable part of the careers guidance we give to our Year 9 students and helps them to choose the right subjects to study at Key Stage 4.
“It is a unique opportunity for the students to ask questions directly to those people already working in their chosen vocation.”
He added: “Of course such events can’t go ahead without the support of the many companies and organisations who attended and I am once again grateful for the support all of them have given us this year.”
More than 20 different career sectors were represented at the event this year, including retail, law and veterinary science.
The school’s own hair and beauty department were represented, alongside officials from both the College of West Anglia and the University of East Anglia.
Organisations taking part also included the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who gave the youngsters the chance to see how clean their hands really were by putting them under an X-ray.
The pupils were then sent to wash their hands to see just how much of the bacteria which had been visible on their hands when they were under the scanner had been removed by the washing.
Meanwhile, broadcasting was represented by KL.FM managing director Darren Taylor and presenter Simon Rowe.
And journalism was on the receiving end of the questions for a change as Lynn News news editor Allister Webb and photographer Paul Tibbs manned another of the stands.
While many of the students’ questions were on the subject of pay, they also explained the qualifications needed to become reporters and photographers and showed how pages of the paper were prepared.
However, the most popular part of their display was the chance for the children to try their hand at photography using Paul’s cameras.
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