From Monday 1 June to Friday 5 June, Fourth Form pupils participated in a number of activities both in and out of School as part of their Work Experience week. This included a Careers Awareness Day on Wednesday 3 June, where Fourth Form pupils were divided into groups to visit different locations and sample potential career pathways.
One group of 20 pupils visited the Sports Village at Bath University. The visit included in a tour of the impressive facilities followed by a series of presentations outlining the opportunities for studying sports programmes at university. The group also enjoyed some enlightening practical sessions looking specifically at ‘speed for sport’ and ‘hand eye coordination’.
A visit to the Old Bailey in London and Canary Wharf financial district provided the platform for discussion for the next group. Observing a murder and corporate manslaughter trial in the world’s most famous court room and a tour of the Old Bailey enabled our pupils to get a feel for a career in the legal profession. They also had the opportunity to speak to a representative from the Financial Conduct Authority who gave an insight into life in the world of finance.
Another group had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Sky TV offices and studios in London as part of their Careers Awareness Day. They started their day looking at the variety of careers on offer at Sky before a quick tour of the studios. The day finished with a workshop focusing on business strategy.
Three pupils found out what it was like to be a zookeeper at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, working in the company of fascinating and rare animals under the guidance of their dedicated keepers. The pupils had hands-on experience right from the start; mucking out the pygmy goats, hand-feeding the tapir, penguins and giraffes and feeding the lemurs whilst the keepers gave a talk to visitors. They learned a great deal about the different species they encountered and left with a lasting impression of just how important and rewarding this kind of work can be.
The Fourth Form Art and Textiles pupils spent their day of work experience week at the Design Museum in London. They completed a workshop and produced some work based on the Camper shoe exhibition. The group received an insight into how design ideas are used in a commercial setting.
The last group visited Jaguar Landrover at Gadon where engineers design, build and test new vehicles and the pupils were able to see first-hand the kind of activities that employees were involved in. Pupils heard about the opportunities available at the company for those aspiring to be engineers or vehicle designers. Pupils were excited to hear that middle managers are allocated a new vehicle every year and senior managers every sixth months.