Careers Week

Our first Careers Week of the academic year began on Monday with an interesting talk from Barbara Asboth to KS3 students about her various job roles which include being a freelance wedding and portrait photographer; a Senior Digital Designer at PlayStation and working freelance to create an app design for a start-up called ‘Curated’ because, as she explained she ‘likes variety and different challenges’!

Though varied, all of these roles had the common theme of creativity, problem solving and effective interaction with people.  For example, Barbara explained that at PlayStation she creates original illustrations, promotional artwork, layouts and visual guidelines for the PlayStation Store and website. While, for ‘Curated’  she has created complete layouts for iPhone and Android, taking into consideration how people will use the app effectively, and all the time working with her clients to ensure they are happy with the direction of the project and what she has designed.

The students in KS3 also received a visit from Siobhain O’Toole, our Independent Careers Adviser from Adviza, who explained her role and how she can support them explore pathways, the qualifications they will need to achieve their goal.

Meanwhile the students in KS4/5 attended a fascinating talk about apprenticeships from Melanie Ringer from Oxfordshire Learning Enterprise Group, OxLEP.   Melanie also returned for our Careers Lunch on Wednesday accompanied by two apprentices from Blenheim Palace  who spoke to the boys about their experience. Blenheim Palace are committed for the next ten years to take on 10 apprentices each year in different departments including a Shepherd apprentice!

On Wednesday we held our first careers lunch which was timed to coincide with the Enterprise group’s Chinese-themed café lunch. The event saw numerous employers ranging from Financial Planning to Sports to Hospitality attending the event. They came and had lunch with the students, enjoying the delicious food that the enterprise group had prepared for us all and joining us to talk to the students about their career pathways, jobs and businesses.

We rounded of the week with a trip to the NEC World Skills Show in Birmingham where students were able to explore all the exhibitions on offer. These provided information about apprenticeships, technical skills, further education, higher education and industries and future technologies.

All in all we have had a fabulous week and hope that our students have enjoyed the week learning about the varied career options and pathways that are available to them.

“The whole feel of the school was one of encouragement and support.”
“Amazing hospitality, lovely food and wonderful boys and staff.”

For more information visit our Careers page