8th July 2017 – Last Friday Year 10 students were taken off timetable for a day of Careers events.

The day started with a talk by Alison Jarvis from the St Albans Centre for Voluntary service (CVS).  She was encouraging the girls to undertake voluntary work which would give them new skills as well as chance to help the local community.

Students were then placed into groups which rotated through 4 sessions:

1. Careers research.  Connexions staff Alison Curnow and Nicky Honeywell provided suggestions on helpful websites to use.

2. CV writing led by staff from Premier Foods

3. Creating mood boards in the Art department exploring the future they would like.

4. A panel of employers described their own career journey and current role, and took Questions from the students:
Marisa Fitch, head of Corporate Affairs at Premier Foods
Amanda Foley, Head of Corporate Affairs at St Albans Council (soon to be Chief Executive)
Vicky Duxbury, Learning Officer of the Woodland Trust
Julie Grimes, Founder of Jaguar White recruitment


At the end of the morning, students attended a talk on apprenticeships, given by Menna El-Guindy, Assistant Schools Manager from Education 7 Employers.

During the day many students also had a brief interview with a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, to discuss their current studies and possible future plans.

In the afternoon we were lucky to have 2 further inspirational speakers.  First of all we were delighted that Ravneet Bermi Founder of Puddleducks returned to talk to the students about setting up her own business, planning her career, and making it happen.  She also talked to the girls about the value of doing extracurricular activities in their teens.

We were then delighted to welcome Capt Marnie Munns of Easyjet.  She told the girls that one benefit of extracurricular activities is that they show that a person is a team player, a leader and adaptable, which will make their CV stand out. She also talked about the “Amy Johnson” scheme at Easyjet, which aims to to promote women in aviation.  BBC Look East came in to school to film this talk, as they were following what Marnie does, having already filmed her in the cockpit.  This added an extra bit of excitement to the day.

We are grateful to all the employers above gave their time to help our Year 10 students. We are sure that they learned a lot and that these activities helped them to develop their plans for the future.