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Careers Day at St Mary's Senior School

Mock interviews at St Mary's

Year 11 students at St Mary’s School had an opportunity to prepare for the world of work with a full day of activities organised by Form the Future CIC, a Cambridge based social enterprise that connects schools with businesses. Volunteers from local businesses such as Euromedica Executive Search, Stone King LLP, Ely Cathedral, Pure Resourcing and Face2Face HR put the students through their paces with interviewing skills, whilst Lloyds Bank introduced them to the world of finance. Students gasped when they contemplated the costs they would need to meet from their entry level salaries!

There was also an introduction to some of the tests that employers use when recruiting, led by Gs Fresh, an introduction to c.v. writing and they got a chance to work with Unifrog, an online resource that helps choose degree courses.

The afternoon was based around an Apprenticeship Fair with companies covering a range of sectors including IT, engineering and finance. Representatives from EY, Michell Instruments, Softwerx, University of Edinburgh and UEA took part in a panel discussion helping students understand the similarities and differences between the apprenticeship and university routes into employment. Two of the panellists were St Mary’s former students, one currently doing a degree and the other well on her way to becoming a Chartered Accountant through the school leaver programme at EY.

Students found the interview sessions extremely valuable with one saying: “This really helped me understand the best way to approach an interview, and made me feel more prepared and less nervous for the future.” 9 out of 10 girls recommended we repeat the day for year 11 next year and asked for the chance to meet an even broader range of businesses.