Careers fair opens doors for Wetherby High students

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Students at Wetherby High looked to the future when a careers fair was held at the school last week.

Exhibitors from organisations such as Morrisons, Royal Navy, Telefonica, De Vere Academy of Hospitality and Philips Hair Academy attended the day long event.

Wetherby High’s first in house careers co-ordinator and fair organiser Jane Jones explained: “The purpose of the careers event was to help students become aware of the variety of jobs available.”

“Having spoken to the employers they were all incredibly supportive and agreed that we, as a school, were doing the right thing bringing students and employers together.”

Every student in the school attended a talk given by various speakers – the National Citizenship Service, Skinny Design (Harrogate), Swift Research and the Royal Navy – they then had the opportunity to speak to the 15 employers who had their stands in a separate hall.

Ms Jones added that one of the most popular stands was Tempo Community radio who have recorded a programme to be aired in the next couple of weeks.

“The way forward would appear to be to encourage our future employees to communicate with people outside their immediate circle, prepare a good CV and research the business/industry they were interested in.

“I have to thank all the employers who were without exception helpful, enthusiastic and happy to give up their time to help our students,”

Student Hannah Malone said of the day: “The careers fair was really helpful for me because it gave me some ideas for careers that I had never thought to pursue myself, such as the RAF.”

And fellow pupil Dominic Midgeley added: “The important thing for us nowadays I think is to have some goal to aim for.

“The event helped us with the choices of what we want to do later in life, and there are so many to choose from.”

Ms Jones added that there will be a careers event next year and would also like to hear from local businesses who would like to give talks, and help with interview techniques.