6 March 2020

From careers in the arts and the Armed Forces, to working on the land or in law, our students had the opportunity to find out about career options across the spectrum during National Careers Week from 2-6 March.

The College held a week of events, starting with a Careers Fair where students in Years 9-13 could meet representatives from major local employers and further education colleges to learn about the career paths available. This event included sectors such as the music industry, construction, engineering & technology, emergency services, Armed Forces, and rural land management.

The Royal Navy also visited the Sixth Form to talk about the varied careers available, and throughout the week, all Sixth Form lessons had a careers element.

Seven of our Year 10-13 students who expressed an interest in the legal profession spent a day at Plymouth University’s School of Law, while a number of students say they have been inspired to pursue a career in dancing, after taking part in dance workshops led by practitioners from City College Plymouth.

The College was pleased to welcome professional footballer and author Seth Burkett to speak to Year 7 and 8 students about the importance of reading and resilience in securing a rewarding career. Mr Burkett presented two assemblies and used his own experiences to encourage the students to keep on trying even if they suffer a setback.

Later, he took a football coaching session with some of our students who have been taking part in our Football Reading League, which has been hugely successful in engaging boys in reading.

On World Book Day, all of Years 10 and 11 visited Theatre Royal Plymouth to see the acclaimed National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls - the text in this production is the same as the students are using in their studies for their GCSE exams. Following the theatre trip, a career element was introduced to their lessons, with information about careers within the theatres.

And, in a first for the College, we hosted a Careers Fair for parents and carers, aimed at those considering a career change or looking to get back into work.

Careers and Employability Manager Miss Trezona, said: “We would like to thank all the employers and further education establishments for taking part in our events this week. We know from feedback from our students that these events have inspired many of them as they consider their next steps.”