Pupils from Years 11-13 were invited to attend this informal, drop-in event to talk to a large number of professionals representing a range of industry sectors and careers.
Head of careers and English teacher, Robert Harry, said: “Each year the composition of the body of experts varies according to the parents who kindly volunteer to attend, and this year the pupils were extremely fortunate to be able to talk to senior personnel from a number of organisations in accountancy, architecture, banking, engineering, entrepreneurship, finance, law, marketing, medicine, psychology, real estate and sales. This year’s event was particularly busy, with the experts answering questions and providing advice to large numbers of pupils and parents.”
This networking event helps pupils to inform their future decisions, making contacts and finding out what qualities companies are looking for in graduate recruits – particularly as the companies represented at the event are the very organisations that many of Oundle’s pupils will shortly be applying to for work experience, internships and graduate positions.
Many parents commented on the range and expertise of the various companies listed as well as praising the school’s ability to gather such high profile professionals in one place. The presenters also added their praise for the pupils, who asked specific questions, demonstrating their engagement and willingness to learn more.
Headmaster, Charles Bush, commented: “It is tremendous when parents give up their time to act as expert advisors to the next generation. Children learn from this to consult widely and consider many different options for the future. It was a busy occasion and I am most grateful to all who helped make it a great success.”