University outreach officer Marie Muir spoke to Year 8 students about the range of career options available. She gave an hour-long presentation in the Weston Theatre, talking about subject options, employment, apprenticeships and further and higher education opportunities.
The students were encouraged to think about the skills and qualifications they might need for their potential careers. Afterwards Mr Clasper, who is responsible for KS3 careers education and advice, told the students: ‘Soon you will be choosing your options and hopefully this has given you some idea of what you would like to do and the routes into work, industry or further or higher education.’
Ms Muir, from De Montford University in Leicester, was accompanied by student ambassador Laura Browne, said: ‘My role as an outreach officer is to work with students offering impartial information, advice and guidance. The main thing is to make sure that everybody knows the next step and we support students from Year 7 to Year 9 mainly with GCSE options choices. From Year 10 upwards it is about careers and how to choose the right options to get the right degree. The students were really responsive, lively and engaged. The benefit of university intervention is that we can show how many different jobs and paths are available. We are out in schools all day every day and we host school visits onto our campus as well. We help students at every stage with advice.’