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Students in year 9 have just attended the annual Careers Speed Dating event at Oathall meeting representatives from employment sectors covering the media, healthcare and the sciences, uniformed services, construction, performing arts, engineering, legal services and IT.

The event was run as a means of getting students to talk to a large number of business representatives, encouraging them to find out more about future careers options direct from people employed in their sectors.

It was especially pleasing that some of the 28 participating business representatives were former Oathall students and members of the school’s Alumni Association. Former alumni said of the event:

‘A really enjoyable morning, the students were enthusiastic and welcoming. It’s a brilliant way to show the students about the wide range of career options available and the different routes you can take after school.’
Dr Sarah Bruce, General Practitioner

‘I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and the buzz the event itself created in the hall. Speaking to the year 9s brought back many memories of what a daunting experience both choosing GCSE options and focusing thoughts on further education can be at the time! I hope having exposure to such a varying group of experienced professionals helped enthuse (or at the very least assist!) the students in their forthcoming decisions. I wish them all the best in whatever choices they make, and very much look forward to being invited back next year.’
Matt Harrison, Software Programmer

‘It was a pleasure to talk to the students about what I do for a living and how my life developed after leaving Oathall. I hope they realise the importance of finding a career they enjoy and can be really engaged in. Learning doesn’t stop after leaving school and college; I’ve done my job for 17 years and am learning all the time.’
Peter Sutton, Farm Manager

Students were also asked to evaluate the event. There was an overwhelmingly positive response from students who said that they found the experience useful in finding out more about the world of work and recommended that this event should be held every year to support the KS4 options process.