Year 10 and 11 were allocated to Careers and I wanted to have the focus on next steps and life beyond secondary school. Additionally, I wanted it to tie into the big career question I give each year group at the beginning of the year. Year 10’s question was ‘What does life look like after school?’ and Year 11’s question was ‘Am I prepared for the future?’, so I needed to find a way to link them both.
During one of the Careers Facilitator Networks, we had a guest speaker from Lotus who spoke about their training academy. This was really insightful and I thought she would be a great speaker that could be linked in with the questions. I asked her during the meeting if she would be willing to come into school and talk, which she was. I then spoke to her to see if she knew any good contacts and she linked me up with my other two speakers. As a result of these connections, both year groups received a talk where the guests spoke about their career journeys and the adversities they faced. This was tied in with other sessions related to career topics. This included CV’s, Interviews and another talk run by the UEA on University.
Lots of planning was involved. We started out planning what kind of themes we wanted the day to include and what we wanted to cover. This involved bringing together the director of personal development, the head of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and the senior leadership team (SLT).
After we worked out the themes and the structure of the day I then proactively sought out externals. This started with booking the UEA for the morning and then seeking the afternoon speakers. After the speakers were booked, we mapped out the rooming and staffing logistics and ensured the space was appropriate. On the day of the event, we prepped students and ensured they knew the meaning of the day and after the event, we got students to give feedback during a form time.