Durrington High School embraced National Careers Week by offering students fun career-based activities and the opportunity to meet with a variety of employers and vocational education providers. It was a really engaging week for all students who visited the lunchtime stalls, whether they were year 7s inspired by the idea of a particular career path or year 11s chatting to the post 16 provider they will be heading to in September.
During period one form groups took part in three quizzes in an effort to win prizes. The quizzes were designed to get the students thinking about the variety of jobs that exist, but also challenged them to think about how the job market changes and evolves. They explored the idea of career paths by asking students what jobs celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle had done before becoming famous. Congratulations go to 7KCo, 8JAs, 9ACa, 10SHn and 11STr for getting the top scores in their respective year groups.
Staff throughout the school were also asked to complete and display a poster which detailed their own career path. This provided a fantastic stimulus to provoke discussion around career paths and how they are usually a wavy line rather than a straight one! It was also a great chance for students to find out information about their teachers that surprised them. ‘Talking about career paths in really important’ says Mr Henry, Careers Leader, ‘at this age students can sometimes feel pressured to know exactly what career they want which can be overwhelming. Opening up the conversation reassures them they there is plenty of time to find the right job for them, and that during that process they will learn and develop many different skills.’
The lunchtime exhibition was a huge success with 30 different employers and education providers visiting the school over the five days. As well as taking advantage of a few freebies such as pens and sweets, the students took part in activities and challenges which gave an insight into jobs. A popular example was trying to beat a robot at completing a Rubik’s Cube with the computer coding team at HMRC. There was an excellent range of career opportunities on show and the students had a great time engaging with employers such as Schneider Eurotherm, the Grand Hotel Brighton and Sussex Police. It was also a really useful opportunity for students planning on going to university to talk to both Chichester and Sussex University about the options available and the various routes to being accepted. For the more immediate future they were also able to discover the fantastic range of courses offered at local colleges GB Met, Chichester and Worthing.
Mr Henry said, ‘National Careers Week is a great opportunity to bring careers into the spotlight. We have been delighted to welcome our partners to school throughout the week to inspire and engage our students. We are very grateful to them all for taking the time to visit us and provide valuable information and insights to our students.’
Durrington High School has a robust careers programme with dedicated events for different year groups such as year 7/8 university visits and year 10 work experience. National Careers Week is a key part of this programme and a wonderful way for students across the whole school to get involved and start thinking about careers. The highly knowledgeable careers team were also on hand all week to answer any questions from students and again the week was a great way to highlight to students that the careers team are there to support and guide them throughout their time at DHS.
Many thanks to the following employers and education providers for supporting us during the week and making such a positive impact on our students:
GB Met (Childcare and Early Years, Hairdressing, Special Effect Make-up, Fashion and Design, Carpentry, Engineering, Media/Theatrical Make-up, Business, Travel and Tourism, Beauty Therapy, Games Development)
BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music)
Worthing FC Academy
The Grand Hotel
West Sussex Police