Thinking Ahead: Annual Careers Fair 2017

The Blue Coat School Annual Careers Fair took place this year on 2nd March 2017, and allowed students from a variety of year groups to get an insight into the professional world.

The Annual Careers Fair is a chance for students (particularly those in years 8, 11 and 12) to speak to employers and professionals from a vast array of careers and universities. Presentations, question and answer sessions, as well as a multitude of stalls were available to those who attended. Below are a few accounts from some students about their experiences at the event.

"I went to nearly all of the stalls to find out more about all of the careers, but I only went to one talk: the one about medicine. I learnt a lot about medicine from the talk, mainly about what A levels you need to take to be able to do medicine and what skills you need to have. I found out about different careers and pathways that you can pursue in medicine, and some of them sound really interesting. All in all, the careers fair was a useful experience for me as it greatly increased my knowledge of careers and I would recommend it to others, especially if like me, they have not decided what they want to do in the future."

Rida, Year 11


"The Careers Fair was an enjoyable and useful experience for me as it gave me an insight into life outside of school and the possibilites for me in the future. In my opinion it gave me some very useful information regarding the various careers I am interested in. This event helped me to get a little bit of a headstart when trying to determine what I would like to do in the future. Therefore I would recommend this to any student as beneficial experience when thinking of A Level choices and beyond.

Whilst at the Careers Fair I went to mainly science orientated stalls, such as bio science and engineering as I would like to pursue a career in physics. I also visited a couple of other stalls to find out more about how to apply to a school abroad such as Harvard or M.I.T, as these are educational institutions that interest me. These stalls proved to be extremely beneficial as those running the stalls were sixth formers, who told us about their experiences whilst giving advice to better our chances of securing a place at a university abroad. In addition to visiting stalls at the Careers Fair, I also attended a talk focused on engineering and one regarding studying at Oxbridge. This was particularly interesting as the presenter gave us a detailed account of the rigorous application process and what life was like at a top tier university.

Overall, the Careers Fair was a good experience, allowing me to see the range of academic and career routes that available to me in the future." 

Veeraj, Year 11


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