IT WAS a speed-dating event with a difference – but rather than look out for a friendly smile or a sense of humour students were sizing up which career they might be suited to.
St John’s College in Southsea invited business leaders and people with distinguished careers into the school to talk to students to help them make their GCSE subject choices.
Groups of Year 9 children spoke to people from different professions including dentistry, sales engineering, logistics, the Royal Navy, and the police for 10 minutes at a time, before moving on to the next table.
They had the chance to find out more about the careers available to them in bite-sized chunks.
Alex Pinkstone, 14, said: ‘It’s interesting. I enjoyed getting to know careers of certain people and what they do. Some of it was thought- provoking. It’s important because the sooner you learn about all this stuff, the better.’
Matilda Clark, 14, added: ‘It’s a really good thing to do because we get to hear about lots of different jobs. Some of them are jobs we haven’t heard about before.
‘They can tell you what they studied at school and it helps you get into the field of work.
‘I am quite interested in taking business studies at GCSE. It’s a very interesting subject to take.’
Bruce McIntosh is from The Graphic Design House, in Farlington. He spoke to the students about a career in graphic design.
He said: ‘I’m really excited to be providing advice for students about their careers.
‘It’s a rare opportunity. I am very passionate about graphic design and it’s good to explain it more clearly.
‘It’s really good to talk to people involved in the career as well as talking to careers managers. You get to hear it from the horse’s mouth.’
Caroline Taliadoros is head of careers at the school. She said: ‘It’s for the Year 9s to have an opportunity to see what different professions are available to them.
‘It’s bite-sized so it gives a chance for lot of people to see a lot of different professions but it’s not so long or so tedious that it starts to bore them.
‘The students are buzzing.’