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Students given the edge for success at Roding Valley High School Careers Week

05 Jul Students given the edge for success at Roding Valley High School Careers Week

From 24 to 28 June, Year 10 students at Roding Valley High School are getting a taste of the working world as part of the school’s Careers Week. Hosting a range of activities designed to prepare students for their upcoming career choices, the school arranged events such as Take your Child to Work Day, A Level Taster Day and Careers Advice Day.

During the Careers Advice Day, students participated in a range of post-16 education workshops covering A Level choices, college applications and apprenticeships, alongside receiving advice on writing effective CVs and how to approach an interview in preparation for an upcoming mock interview day in July. Students were also given the opportunity to gain real life experience with parents and guardians as part of the Take Your Child to Work Day or join a taster day at Epping Forest College, which saw them learning about a vast range of industries such as sport, media, beauty, legal, tourism and business.

Donna Mason, Careers Development Manager at Roding Valley High School said: “Educating our students about careers choices is a huge focus for us at Roding Valley High School; it’s such an important area for students to have information on, particularly at this key point in their lives. Gaining awareness of workplace organisations and the qualifications they will need helps them make informed choices about their post-16 education plans, which is why we complement this learning with our A Level taster day as part of the Careers Week.”

Careers Week is one of the many initiatives the school has in order to increase careers awareness and employability; in June, the school held a Business Breakfast for Year 12 students which gave them the opportunity to network with a range of employers, including Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP, Haslers, Capgemini, Hill Partnership, Investment2020, Media 10, Vision Path, Austin Rose Recruitment, Mitchells & Butler, KPMG, ITN, UBS and more – at which, students gained industry advice and secured work experience placements.

Sharon Jenner, Head Teacher at Roding Valley High School, said: “We firmly believe that educating students about careers and employability should be an essential part of any education. I am really proud of the careers provision that we give our students at Roding Valley High School – we aren’t just giving them an education; we are preparing them for the world that awaits them after school.”