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'Alternative Careers Day’ – Year 12 Think about Their Future

30 June 2017

Our ‘Alternative Careers Day’ last Friday offered students the choice of going on a trip to the University of East Anglia for their Sixth Form Conference or remaining in College to listen to speakers from a variety of sectors. Those who attended the Conference were treated to an opportunity to find out more about the university and the courses on offer, go on a tour of the campus with Ambassadors, take part in interactive subject-specific sessions and get advice about student finance and UCAS.

For those staying in College the day began with a whole group assembly in the Library. Mrs Swain, who had coordinated the day, introduced the event and then the students heard from Apprenticeship Advisors Jess, Kieran and Chris about key labour market information, including local apprenticeship providers, along with an explanation of the differences between the main levels of apprenticeships.

Mrs Swain opening the day and Kieran and Chris, Apprenticeship Advisors

During the morning sessions talks were available from the following speakers:

  • Norwich Research Park
  • NHS
  • The Forces
  • Social care
  • The police and National Crime Agency
  • Norfolk Construction Training Group
  • Aviva

Two of our own students – Sian Fenn-Green and Saxon Anderton – have recently successfully completed internships at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and they joined the NHS session to talk about their experience.

Students attending the Social Care session

Students attending the NHS and Police sessions

After lunch students could either attend a CV workshop or an apprenticeship workshop. There was also the opportunity to take part in individual/panel mock interviews and sixteen students went along to see how they would fare in a real job interview. Participants were given constructive feedback for going forwards and several received glowing reports from our interviewers! Claire Fox, the Apprenticeship Leader for NNUH, kept the CVs from two of our students and will be getting in touch with them soon about internships for the coming year. Sarah Steele, of Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support, conducted a mock interview with Year 12 James Payton. She rated his interview as excellent and said that he is immensely enjoyable and that she’d love to have him work with her.

One of the panel interviews and James being interviewed by Sarah

Kieran, one of the Apprenticeship Advisors for Norfolk County Council, said of the whole day:

“[The] students were really engaged and motivated and did really well in all the sessions. I always get a good, positive vibe when coming to Dereham Sixth Form.”

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