Pupils motivated at careers event

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PETERHEAD Academy played host to an exciting careers event on Tuesday, March 29, when businesses from all over the North-east visited the school to engage with the pupils and motivate them into making decisions with regards to their future careers.

Organised by Fyvie firm Ideas In Partnership, the event is part of a wider initiative by Aberdeenshire Council to encourage more employer engagement within schools. The fair was aimed at S3 and S4 pupils who are in the process of choosing their subjects and subsequent careers paths.

The careers event was the third part of working with the pupils. The first session was all about motivation and confidence building and the second section was a reality check on what the world of work has to offer in today’s current economic climate.

The pupils were advised to choose a career based on a subject they like and to be willing to start at the bottom, prove themselves and then aspire to different jobs within that organisation. All of the pupils were encouraged to get Saturday jobs, summer jobs or to volunteer as it was stressed to them that this would maximise their opportunities.

They were also told to look at the emerging opportunities of offshore wind, renewables or decommissioning as well as looking at the many careers that need IT or creative skills.

The businesses which took part in the event came from all over the North East and included SCORE, Peterhead Port Authority, Ace Winches, Aberdeenshire Photography, Stewart and Watson, Waterside Inn and many others. Practical demonstrations were given by local slating company, Crawford Slating, and there were also demonstrations from Banff and Buchan College and Techfest.

Commenting on the day, academy headteacher Susan Ramsden said: “The Careers Fair organised by Ideas in Partnership was a great success.The atmosphere in the Hall was very lively as third and fourth year pupils were made aware of the many opportunities that are available beyond school.

“Pupils who had an idea of what their future careers might be gained valuable information and those less certain gained a realistic picture of the different careers paths available to them. Staff who attended also found the experience a valuable, gaining an insight to the current employment opportunities locally.

“This was the first time in a number of years that such an event has taken place and as a school are looking to repeat this in the future, opening it up to more year groups.”