Skinners’ Academy celebrates National Careers Week 2017

10th March, 2017

national careers week 2017
  • Ever wonder how someone can become a partner in a global law firm?
  • When there are thousands of different jobs in the NHS, how do you choose what route to take when you know you’re interested in healthcare?
  • Is it really possible to go from being a trader in one of the biggest financial institutions in the UK to creating a TV sitcom and running your own media company?
  • Is it daunting being a women in a male dominated field like computing and how do you gain the confidence to hold your own when you’re in the minority?
  • Can you really combine a love for science and English and turn it into a career?

On the week commencing Monday 13 March, Skinners’ Academy will be delivering a range of careers activities to pupils in Year 8 to Year 13 (pupils aged 12-18), inspired by National Careers Week 2017 (which took place nationally from Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March)

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.

At Skinners’ Academy, we pride ourselves in innovative, quality careers education information advice and guidance throughout the year, but National Careers Week gives us a great platform, helpful resources and a collaborative approach to deliver a vast range of activities designed to motivate and inspire our pupils.

In 2017, our events are likely to reach 350+ students and will include:

  • “Classroom to career” sessions – In these sessions, professionals in a range of industries will speak to pupils to highlight how aptitude and interest in a certain subject could lead to a career like theirs. For example, we will have a Software Developer speaking to computing pupils and a partner in a law firm speaking to languages pupils.
  • Your job in their hands: Meet the decision makers – This is a panel discussion featuring HR and admissions professionals – as well as managers / directors in their organisations – all of whom play a key role in making hiring decisions and will provide unique insights to our students about how they make the decisions they do.

Over the course of the week we are looking forward to welcoming our guests from organisations including the Bank of England, the NHS, Capital One, the Cabinet Office, Axa Insurance, New Scientist, MTA Sitcom, Vodafone, A City Law Firm, Youth Employment UK and more… and thank them in advance for creating time in their busy schedules to inspire and inform our students about their own experiences and what they do today.

The journey from a classroom to a career is likely to have a number of twists and turns along the way. The activities this week will hopefully help students:

  1. Gain greater insight into careers and industries they may or may not have heard about
  2. Understand that routes are rarely straightforward and it is important to be resilient, persistent and determined
  3. Realise that if they have or develop the a range of skills and a positive attitude, a great career lies ahead
  4. Recognise that in a world of social media and direct access to employers, the possibilities are endless if you take the time to present yourself positively
  5. Embrace the notion that (career) change is common and it’s lifelong learning and development, stepping outside of your comfort zone and making the most of opportunities (even if you don’t initially understand where they might lead) that can make a huge difference to your future)

It is set to be a brilliant week. Do come back to this page for an update and photos after the events.

For more information about the National Careers Week initiative, click on this link.