Year 10 students at Albany Academy took part in a Careers Day, to help them to understand how they can shape their future careers. Students experienced a range of workshops that gave them an understanding of various topics as they get ready to further their career upon leaving school.
Students attended workshops throughout the day, including an interview techniques session were experienced a mock interview. Workshops were also available in skills assessment where the students could learn to identify jobs and careers that matched their skills. Through this workshop they were able to gain an understanding of what skills they would need to acquire in order to make progress in their chosen career path.
Additional workshops included, writing effective CVs and personal statements and utilising the National Careers Service. Albany Academy was among the first schools in the country to utilise this service when it was launched three years ago and now it is widely used across the country.
Victor Fricoriliv delivered an excellent workshop to the students on the value of undertaking an apprenticeship. Victor said of his experience with Albany students, “our aim was to raise the profile of apprenticeships as a real job with a viable career pathway. The students got to speak to an independent careers advisors and Mark Rotherwell, an apprentice with Preston’s College. We were able to provide them with a wealth of experience and knowledge. The students were a pleasure and really took on board what we were offering them.”
Mr McNaboe, Assistant Headteacher at Albany Academy, who had coordinated the event, said, “Year 10 students participated in the Careers Focus Day in preparation for their post 16 studies. Students attended a series of workshops on Apprenticeships, the National Careers service, developing CV’s and Personal Statements. Students also had the opportunity to prepare for interviews and experience and evaluate their own performance in a mock interview. It is vital that students are confident and prepared for the challenges facing them as they embark upon their post 16 careers and education.”
Head Boy, James Wilson, who took part in the day added, “I am grateful for the information I was given during the focus day. One of things I learnt was how to write a CV and what they consist of as well as how to produce a personal statement. This was really useful to me. I am well aware that next year I am going to be inundated with things to do and consider regarding my future, so the more I can learn now the better. This event certainly helped me with this preparation.”