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Year 8 Careers Focus Day

On Thursday 22nd February 2018 our Year 8 students took part in a Careers Focus Day.  The day consisted of a number of activities with a presentation from The University of Creative Arts (UCA) on ‘Creative Careers’ with a particular focus on the gaming industry and, an ‘Interviewing Activity’ where all students got the chance to question a panel of employers from different industries in a ‘Match the Person to the Job Role’ exercise.

The day allowed students to communicate with employers they have never met before, increasing their confidence when in an interview situation and gaining a better understanding of different career paths open to them.  Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves with students commenting:

“It has been helpful because it has made me rethink my options and think about careers. I feel this was a great day and should definitely happen again.”

 “It was really interesting and fun, I don’t really want to do any of those jobs but I loved finding out about their jobs and what they need to do in their jobs.  It really was a wonderful day and I would love to do this again.”

 “It has been good, because I may go to UCA when I am older”


We were extremely lucky to work with Employers within Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, The Metropolitan Police, Ashley Gardens Retirement Home, RAP Interiors, The Music Industry, Kent County Council, The Ministry of Defence, Berry Recruitment, The Astley Cooper School, Integrated Service Solutions Ltd and Salesforce.  Many of these employers were ex-students of Maplesden Noakes School who gave up their spare time to come and help support us in this Focus Day, to which we are incredibly thankful.

The picture below shows our winners of the ‘Match the Person to the Job Role’ activity whereby all Employers were interviewed in casual clothes and presented themselves in a ‘Big Reveal’ once they had changed into their professional attire at the end of the day. The winners were Chloe Gillingham, Cody Deuchar and Charlie Sprawson who managed to get all 15 employers correct; well done on their excellent interviewing technique!