National Careers Week
National Careers Week (6th -10th March) is all about celebrating careers by helping students to understand the links between the courses they are taking, the skills they have and different post-16 and post-18 pathways open to them.
National Careers Week at Archway started with Y7s 'Building a Town'. Students were encouraged to think about the different services and occupations that make up a town. The Y8s then took part in the 'Real Game' which centres around work / life balance. It came as quite a shock to some of them that their chosen career might not enable them to live the lifestyle they wanted to become accustomed to! They then started to explore the relationship between qualifications and different career pathways.
The emphasis changed for Y12s whose focus was on interview skills. Mrs Rossiter, Head of Drama, devised and presented a new hands-on workshop for the 6th Form. Literally hands on ... as their first exercise was to practise a perfect handshake - limp, clammy handshakes are no more. We also had two excellent speakers in who gave Lunch in the Library talks to Y7-Y11 on Careers in Sport and the Nuclear Industry, together with masterclasses to the 6th Form.
The week ended with a first for Archway — a Dragons’ Den type event run by GCHQ. Y9s were divided into two groups. Half of them took part in stage one of a Young Enterprise (inter-school) competition, while the other half learnt how their personality might affect their career choice. The winners of the Young Enterprise competition (Tom Wickham-Bassett, Louis Wilkins, Oscar Wilson, Jacob Wood and Jack Woods) will go on to compete in the final which takes place in May at GCHQ.
Covering 10 events, involving over 800 students, National Careers Week at Archway was all about raising the profile of different career pathways, but it is not just about one week — please look at the Archway website for Careers events that happen at Archway throughout the year.