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Summary of National Careers Week

Careers Week Summary (Monday 4th March – Friday 8th March)

This week has seen the opportunity for students of all year groups to engage with a number of different employers and employees in business sectors that they are potentially interested in exploring once they finish Y11. We have been lucky enough to have people from the Law Industry, Education, Finance and Accounting, Police, Catering, Armed Forces and NHS. 

WDH employ a number of apprentices each year in various trades. Not only did they deliver a presentation to our students about what an apprenticeship is and how to apply for one but they also brought along current apprentices so our students could hear first-hand what it is like to work in the industry. Room 97 Creative Academy, an award winning training provider, spoke to our young people who are interested in the hair and beauty industry. We were also able to arrange for Andy Belk, the head of recruitment at QPR Football Club to come in and speak to our students. They were very impressed and inspired by his career journey and number of famous people he has worked with! We were also very privileged to invite Marilyn Okoro, an Olympic Bronze Medal Sprinter into school; she spoke to our students who are interested in potentially becoming professional athletes and explained about the hard work and dedication it requires. She ran a practical session with them to give a flavour of her training regime. Any student who has not had a meeting this week will be invited to one over the next few weeks. 

Careers activities have also been explored during form time to give students the opportunity to really think about their futures, not only what they want to do but more importantly, how they are going to get there, what qualifications they need, which pathway they would take etc. They have also had the opportunity to see what type of career would be best suited to their personality type and research what these jobs are. 

This has all been summarised in an assembly about Careers giving them vital information about websites to help them and re introducing the careers advisers and their job role within school. 

If students have any further questions about their careers, they are able to speak to Miss Arnold at any time. 

A very successful and interesting week at the academy.

Marilyn Okoro -Olympic Bronze Medal Sprinter