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Years 7 & 8 enjoy an insightful Careers Afternoon

Posted: 20th June 2014 | Category: Year 7, Year 8

Last week, Years 7 & 8 enjoyed a Careers Afternoon, allowing them to gain an insight into a wide variety of careers.

Year 8 tell us more:

“On Thursday 12th June Years 7 & 8 were treated to a brilliant afternoon. Several parents of the school, each with different occupations, talked to us about their jobs, what they did and how they got there. There was a variety of jobs from Firemen to Architects. Each pupil had the choice of choosing three from this great range. Every job seemed to grab people’s attention with no one person being chosen more than any other. Mrs Pharoah is a photo editor. She told us how she got in to the photo industry. She explained how you needed to start at the bottom and work hard to make your way to the top.”

“Mr Fullagar is a journalist. He told us all the GCSE’s we would need to become a journalist. He also said that surprisingly you don’t need a degree in Media to become a journalist.”

“Mrs Cox, a business executive, worked for American Express for 22 years. She explained how Amex cards work and what Amex do. She now has her own business and helps developing businesses.”

“I went to see Mr Barber who is an architect. I knew quite a bit about architecture but Mr Barber gave me a proper introduction. I liked how he told us about the history of houses and then what he is currently working on. When I saw the architect I realised that you need to know a lot more about the local area than I thought.

The job that I was most fascinated by was the Optometrist Mr Metha even though he was talking about the human eye it was extremely interesting as he was talking about the structure of the eye; he brought in some very high tech equipment which many of us had the privilege to use. Despite the fact he did some quite hard tests on us, they were fun and we also got to look in each other’s eyes!”

“I spoke to the fireman first, Dave Martin, whom I found very interesting. He spoke to us about all the different kinds of work he does as a firefighter, not just putting out fires but helping with flooding and going to car accidents. We drilled him with questions such as ‘what is the biggest fire you have been to?’ The fireman brought in uniform which we could try on. The uniform is made of very thick material as it is designed to protect you from the intense heat. He told us very interesting stories about some of the fires he had attended and how they had started. He works as a part time firefighter at the Crowborough Fire station.”

“Overall I think this was a great afternoon in which we learnt many things and had great fun. Thank you to all the parents who gave their time and helped us pupils have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.”

Gabby Leach, Ollie Duncan, Tom Dawe, Natty Swirsky, Flo Gidney, Neill di Lucia, Poppy Picken, Lizzie Webb.

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