Young Chamber Supports Christleton High School Careers Fair and Interview Day
Posted 10 July 2019 | 0 Comments
Over 20 Young Chamber Sponsors supported a two-day Careers event at Christleton High School on 3rd and 4th July.
The event, which saw 120 students from year 12 attend, was split into two days, the first of which focused on career talks from a variety of local businesses.
Students had the chance to hear from local business people about their career paths and the opportunities available in their business sectors, which included; manufacturing, recruitment, housing, accountancy, retail and consultancy.
Students were then allowed to pick the brains of the speakers by asking how they got into their roles and if they had any advice on how they could enter their sector.
“Attending the careers day at Christleton reminded me of the excitement and apprehension you feel as you move in adult life. It was a pleasure to share my personal experience and I emphasised that it was OK not to know what you want to do but rather to explore opportunities” said Nigel Allman, Director at Ashton Consulting and Business Doctors.
The following day, students and Sponsors returned for a day of mock interviews.
In preparation for the event, students selected which “fake job” they wanted to apply for (ranging from Biomedical Scientist to Educational Youth Worker) and were asked to prepare two CVs, a generic one and another specific to the role they were applying for.
The Young Chamber Sponsors then interviewed the students for 20 minutes in the manner they would for a real life job. The Sponsors then gave invaluable feedback to the students on ways that they could improve their interview techniques including; dressing smartly, keeping eye contact and tips for improving their CVs.
“We are passionate about trying to help younger people with the direction they take in their career and what options are available to them in industry. I hope that we were able to help and give some good advice to the pupils we interviewed” said James Taylor, Director at Delve Recruitment.
The career events formed part of the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce’s Young Chamber programme that aims to develop the skills and experience of students in the region, whilst also showcasing some of the career opportunities available to them right on their doorstep.
“Once again the Sponsors of the Young Chamber stepped up and helped deliver two fantastic careers events at Christleton High School. Not only is it amazing for our students to encounter such animated, enthusiastic and driven professionals, but the Sponsors make these experiences real and visceral for our students.
The sense of excitement and interest amongst the students was palpable and the mock interview day has to rank amongst the best things we offer as a Sixth Form. A huge thank you therefore, to all those who took part, gave advice, imparted some wisdom and made these events such as success.
Our careers week, with the support of the Young Chamber really does bring our school motto of “Bringing aspirations to life” into reality” said Mike Cosstick, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form at Christleton High School.
“Events like these are the foundation of our Young Chamber programme as it gives pupils the chance to learn about exciting local businesses whilst giving them valuable experience of a job interview. The level of support from our Young Chamber Sponsors for this event has been outstanding and I can’t thank them enough for the time and effort they have put in” said Jenny Davidson, Events & Young Chamber Manager at West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you to the Sponsors that supported this event: