Juniors Discover the World of Work
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ School pupils in Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the annual Careers Carousel. The boys walked over to Hesketh House to spend the afternoon in joint sessions with the girls, learning more about different job options and potential careers.
Alumni Andy Walton (Class of 1987) and Nicola Rigby (Class of 2000) ran two of the short careers workshops, while a third was run by Charlotte Swindells and Aaron Saxton of UKFast. The fourth session saw pupils design their own invitation to a Bolton School Reunion with Development Manager Mrs Firth.
Old Girl Nicola Rigby is a town planner and began by giving a brief outline of what her career involves, emphasising that she is not a builder nor architect, but decides where buildings should be placed and what buildings are needed. She then asked for pupils’ help with one of her current jobs, a housing development in Lancaster. She invited them to think about what they liked about where they live, what the area needs, and what unique ‘essentials’ that should be included in the new development. Pupils rose to the challenge with ideas including a horse riding centre, a dog shelter, a football stadium and even a beach!
Old Boy Andy Walton is a recently retired police officer and as well as telling pupils all about working for the police, he was also able to give them an interesting insight into how the job has changed over his 30 year career. He talked to pupils about the recruitment criteria for the police before getting them engaged with a virtual car chase.
Charlotte Swindells and Aaron Saxton from UKFast gave an exciting and inspirational presentation about their company. They asked for pupils’ input throughout the session and the boys and girls left with plenty to think about after considering questions such as “What do you do above and beyond in society to drive you forward?” and “What makes you stand out?”
All of the visitors’ presentations gave pupils great advice and guidance about what they might expect in the world of work and the key skills that are important for all jobs.
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