On Wednesday 12th June, Carew held its first ever Careers Day! Students in Years 7 upwards spent the day learning about a range of careers and post-16 options, as well as learning many life and work skills.
Older students attended a talk by the local Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake. Mr Brake spoke to our students about the importance of punctuality, politeness, a good work ethic and dressing appropriately for work. He told us all about what life as an MP was like, including how busy and demanding it can be, as well as how loud it is when you are in the Houses of Parliament! He also answered a number of questions from our students about their concerns, including a detailed discussion about the effects of global warming.
Throughout the day, students also attended the Careers Fair that was held in our Great Hall. A number of local disability-confident employers and colleges attended. These included: the paramedics, the traffic police, Millwood Servicing Limited, Westminster Homecare, Volunteer Centre Sutton, The Red Lion and Cellar Room (pub / B&B), Jamie’s Farm, Sutton Mencap, a film-maker, Metrobank, Sutton Mencap, and a local hairdressers called Avant-Garde Artistes. Students spent time with these employers, learning about the different jobs they do and the skills they need to do these jobs well. They also learnt about some local colleges, including Carshalton, Nescot and our own Carew Sixth Form, to find out about their post-16 options. The Careers Fair was a great success – the students and employers all gained so much from the day and learnt a great deal from each other. The feedback we received from these employers was incredibly positive, with each representative commenting on the excellent behaviour, attitude and motivation that our students displayed throughout the day.
Our students were also given time to prepare for a mock interview. They were shown some examples of questions that may be asked at an interview and given time to practice some answers. Then, they were interviewed on a 1:1 basis by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mr Romalzo (our Careers Lead), or a representative of the Orchard Hill Trust. This meant that all students were given a very realistic experience of an interview. Many of our students found this a difficult task (and one that took them well out of their comfort zone), but they all managed to do incredibly well! Our interviewers were really impressed with their positive and mature attitudes.