Monday, 27 March 2017
Boys in Year 9 of Bolton School Boys’ Division spent the afternoon on a careers carousel as part of the school’s innovative SPACE programme. A range of industry professionals, three of them Old Boys of the school, spoke about their line of business and their own career path.
Chris Norman of C N Software spoke about software development and how it has now permeated so many walks of life and he also spoke about his own career working for large companies, start-ups and as a consultant. Jack Forster told how he had joined Sale Sharks’ Academy whilst still at Bolton School and had gone on to a career in rugby playing for Gloucester for 4 years and Sale Sharks for 2 years before suffering nerve damage to his neck which prematurely ended his career. He is now employed as a farmer and butcher, working for Forster Organic Meats on his family farm. He stressed to the boys the importance of having several strings to your bow and also told them how he has an HGV licence and he trades in hay and straw as a sideline. Claire Fairhurst talked about careers in football, telling the boys that 15 million people are now involved in the sports industry across Europe, more than what is involved in the pharmaceutical industry. She spoke about where she works, UCFB, which was originally sited at Burnley FC’s ground for its first three years before opening campuses at Wembley in 2014 and the Ethihad in 2016. Alex Ruaux-Keyho, a Senior Paralegal at DWF LLP spoke to the boys about careers in Law and how more and more firms are encouraging people to work their way through the ranks, gaining invaluable experience as they make their way towards becoming a full solicitor. He warned the boys that such a career involves a lot of hard work but it is a fascinating job. Eraina Smith of Stockport Council talked about a career in civil engineering – focusing on her own career in the construction industry she told how it offered a wide base and you could keep moving to different projects and specialisms.
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