Thursday, 26 June 2014

Careers Speed Dating at The Ashcombe School

120 students, from a range of different year groups at The Ashcombe School got to meet a huge variety of business professionals on Monday 23rd June during a frantic 1 ½ hours of Careers Speed Dating. We had web designers, lawyers, a psychologist, an accountant, a wing commander, a police officer, an attorney, a copy writer, to name just a few, all of whom were passionate & enthusiastic about their chosen careers.

The students were put into small groups and had 5 minutes to quiz their business volunteer, who was only allowed to answer yes or no thereby requiring the students to try & guess their profession. A further 5 minutes of frantic questioning followed to ascertain exactly what they did for a living and how they had got where they were. A whistle sounded and another willing volunteer from a different profession presented themselves for questioning.

It was fast, frenetic and enormous fun. What was clear from the feedback was that it had really changed the students perception of what the future holds for them & makes it seem less daunting.

A teacher commented,

"The students have been unanimously positive about the careers event this morning.  They were struck by the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the passion in which they spoke about their jobs.  They also noted how the majority of jobs were ones they had never considered before as a potential career.  I cannot praise the team highly enough for organising this event and I will definitely be staging a similar event in the future."

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