World of Work Week
To mark National Careers Week, Northwood School had its very own World of Work Week. A number of exciting events were organised. A Careers Assembly took place where four employers came to share a brief glimpse of their career paths. The employers were from Glaxo Pharmaceuticals (Penny Smee), NHS (Savitri Jhala), Transport for London (Charles Horsey) and Lord’s Cricket Ground (Jonathan Singer). It was fascinating to learn how each of these employers had taken such a unique and different journey.
The four employers then stayed to run concurrent employer workshops for students in the Sixth Form with some Yr 10 students. At the workshops we got to learn in more detail about the employers current and previous jobs and the route they took after school.
We also got to ask questions and were given a lot of useful and constructive careers advice and guidance on how to follow our chosen career path. I took part in the NHS workshop presented and learned about Ms Jhala’s experience in the physiotherapy sector of healthcare. She talked about her path towards her current role as team leader of a group of physiotherapists and talked about the skills, both academic and professional, required to be successful in the field amongst the challenges she’s experienced in her field.
Following the workshops, the school had its annual Careers Fair in the main hall. There were over 30 delegates from universities, apprenticeship companies, further education institutions as well as employers from a cross section of industries. All students from Yr 8 up to Sixth Form had an opportunity to come down to the hall and get to speak to delegates about their careers, companies and industries they worked in. They were able to offer advice on career pathways into their field and generally about the world of work and the skills and abilities needed. It was also great to have universities and apprenticeship providers there for students to speak to about their post-16 options.
To end the day Yr 12 participated in a university speed dating event where we had the chance to ask at least six teachers quick fire questions about their journey to university. We picked up a lot of good tips and advice on how to decide what to do next and about how to choose universities. We also gained an insight into a number of staff members path after academic life and the transition into employment.
The World of Work Week has been a brilliant and informative week where students got the chance to explore careers and life beyond school.
Year 12 student