Get Involved: Inspire The Next Generation
We have been delighted to welcome a host of alumni back to the school to advise our current pupils looking ahead to their next steps. Deborah Franks, Head of Careers and Employability at Bede’s, writes about our new Careers Engagement Programme and how you can get involved.
Recently launched in response to pupil feedback, the Careers Engagement Programme at Bede’s Senior School offers a range of support for pupils looking ahead to further academic study and careers. The programme’s aim is to inspire pupils to consider different career options, inform them on how to progress in their chosen path, and provide valuable networking, ideas for workplace experiences, and practical support for applications for work or apprenticeships.
The programme is continually evolving, and we have so far enjoyed a variety of lunchtime seminars and talks from a range of leaders in their respective fields. Our pupils have attended talks by representatives of big brands such as the Chartered Insurance Institute, Wagamama and Elite Hotels; received valuable advice from alumnus Dan Gorringe (Dicker, 2004-2009) from Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors about pursuing a career in law; heard from former pupil Ali Stead about her experiences of working in the art world; and discussed opportunities in the music industry with a panel of experts comprised of Howard Moody, Roy Hilton, Benedict Kearns and Adam Staff.
Dan Gorringe said, “I look back at my time at Bede’s fondly. I had an interest in sport at school, especially cricket, and this encouraged my academic study. Richard Mills encouraged me to get a good degree, and I am now enjoying life at Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors specialising in property law. Delivering the Law Talk was great - I really enjoyed speaking with the pupils. I would definitely be open to doing another talk in the future.”
Alongside lectures and talks, our annual Careers Fair also offers a great opportunity for pupils from Bede’s and other local schools to network and learn about future options. This year’s event (which took place on Wednesday 14 March) welcomed over 50 universities, specialist institutions, employers and individual experts from a wide range of sectors, including the NHS, Capgemini, Faithful+Gould, JP Morgan, The Bank of England, UK Power Networks, Raleigh International and the Armed Forces.
Careers Fair 2018
We were also joined by three former Bede’s pupils, Dan Gorringe, Jacob Taplin (Deis, 2011-2016) and James Ricketts (Stud, 2005-2010). Jacob is currently studying Sport Science at the University of Brighton, specialising in cardiology. He attended the event on the independent expert tables, advising pupils on the variety of career routes that academic study in Sport Science can lead to. “I am really enjoying uni life,” Jacob said. “I studied for a BTEC at Bede’s, and am really proud to now be studying a science subject at university. I was encouraged at school to pursue my goals, and it feels great to be back and advising the pupils. I’m coming back to Bede’s to do a workshop later in the year.”
James (pictured top) attended the fair as a representative of Pearson’s Business School, where he works in the marketing department. “I realised a passion for marketing when I joined lots of societies at university,” James says. “This was really encouraged by Bede’s ethos of developing a pupil’s all-round skillset, not just academics. It is my second year at the Careers Fair. It’s nice to know that I still have a connection with the School.”
How you can help
We would love to hear from former pupils, staff and parents of the School who would like to get involved in our Careers Engagement Programme. There is a variety of opportunities available - from delivering talks, seminars and workshops, to providing one-to-one and group mentoring. We are also taking exhibitor bookings for next year’s Career Fair in Spring Term 2019. For further information and to register your interest, please email Deborah Franks on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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