Design Your Future: Careers Fair Event

Every two years Kendrick School hosts a prestigious Career Fair, assisted by ‘Learning to Work’. This popular and well-attended event forms one of the key elements of our CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) programme. On 7th November 2019, we had 65 exhibitors attend who enjoyed the positive interaction with our students who were recognised to be ‘mature’, ‘interested’, ‘inquisitive’ and ‘engaged with the career-finding’ process.

We are proud of our students and grateful to businesses, centres of education and ‘Learning to Work’, who helped to make this event such a success.

Here are a few photographs and comments from a few of the students who attended the event.

From Matt in Year 11 

'Design You Future’ gave Kendrick students a massive opportunity to learn about new careers and potential higher education options. As a current Year 11, I found the evening helpful in consolidating my A-level options, as I could see where each choice could lead me. Having talked to younger years about the careers fair, they also found it very beneficial as they start thinking about what subjects they might like to think about form some possible career destinations.

On another note, I was really proud of my mum who got involved by encouraging the company she is employed by to attend the event. Although they have offices very close to Kendrick, prior to this they had never been in direct contact professionally with the school. She realises now, just how important this relationship could be in attracting bright young women into scientific clinical work and career paths they offer. If anyone reading this would like to offer either sponsorship or time and expertise to similar forthcoming events, please make contact with the school: admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk

From Izzy in Year 10 

The evening was an enjoyable and informative evening for all students attending. It was helpful to see the range of jobs and universities to help them start to know what they would like to do when they are older.  For Year 10s, we are currently (or soon to be) deciding what sort of jobs we would for work experience so Learning to Work was useful in showing the different options we could choose from. It was also useful as I could see what jobs matched my GCSEs and so what line of work I could do when I am older. Overall, the event was hugely helpful and informative for all years attending and we look forward to attending future events like this one.

 

From Eshal in Year 10 

All of the students that went to the Careers Evening found it to be a wonderful experience. Some Year 9’s told me that the evening gave them a better idea of what subjects they want to take for GCSEs. As a Year 10, I found the evening very useful as I have work experience coming up in a couple of months so I was able to talk to people from businesses I would like to do work experience with. I was also able to see what universities offered potential career paths I would want to go down. All of the businesses and universities at the event gave great advice and had inspiring stories about their business/job. There was a great selection of businesses; ranging from Heathrow Airport Ltd to Virgin Media, this meant there was something that interested everyone.

From Vanshi in Year 10 

“The event was filled to the brim with many different opportunities and students all across the year group. The businesses offered great advice to everyone, even as a Year 10, I found it extremely useful. There were various businesses that cover many probable future careers- from Heathrow to Visa, covering a large range of interests and able to adapt to all the student’s needs. As well as this, many colleges/universities attended such as Henley and Oxford. Personally, I found the Oxford professor very accommodating and quick to answer any questions me or my family had. My friends in the younger years also believed this event to help them understand what they wanted to better. For me, it helped me consider different areas in which I could obtain work experience.” 

From Mridhula in Year 12 

“I personally found the event very beneficial and informative, as it enabled me to look at post-school options and career paths based on Aeronautical engineering, which is what I would like to do in the future. Talking to universities gave me a feel of what the different universities are like, and I also opened myself up to the opportunity of doing apprenticeships, which is something I hadn't considered before. There were many interesting companies that I found out about - one being BAE Systems, who had an incredibly fascinating defence submarine project.’