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Careers event gets students planning their next steps.

On Wed 29th March, Sixth form students enjoyed a morning of sessions devised to help them progress into the next steps of their educational journey.

In the morning we welcomed over 20 providers from the world of work and Higher Education to offer support for students in making those key decisions in life; it was great to see representation from national companies such as the Post Office and Steris alongside key businesses that operate with East Midlands and Yorkshire such as Elliot Mather and Local Government. Universities; such as Lincoln, Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam and Loughborough also attended along with many others.

The day also included sessions on CV writing, managing exam stress and body positivity.

We were also fortunate enough to welcome guest lecturers from Hallam that provided our students with bespoke lectures on Health and Social Care, Law and Psychology. 

Miss Wallace commented: "the Law introductory talk and workshop run by Keeley from Sheffield Hallam was a fantastic and informative session, it provided an overview of SHU in general as well as their Law based courses, but also gave students lots of handy tips for applications and for choosing Law as a career path. The workshop also included an interactive Family Law mock trial which allowed the students to take on roles as legal professionals to argue both sides of a case, the students did a fantastic job presenting their arguments and surprised themselves with how passionate they became about their arguments! - A useful and very engaging session!"

Mrs Hickman said: "Students had the opportunity to take part in a mock family trial court case delivered by Sheffield Hallam University. This gave those wanting to go into the legal profession a valuable insight into how to prepare and advocate a legal case in a mock court setting. The students rose to the challenge brilliantly and two of our students acted as judges to give the verdict of the case after all arguments were presented by their peers.

We were also thrilled to have the support of local companies such as Elliott Mather solicitors who gave a bespoke Q&A session and advice to students who may wish to enter the legal profession.

Miss Brett said: "A representative from SHU delivered an informative and interesting session for our psychology students. He provided insight into the psychology course at Hallam itself, the application process and what admissions tutors are looking for. He also offered an insight into careers related to studying a psychology degree which students found really helpful."

"The main part of the session focused on Forensic psychology -what this involves and the jobs related to it. Students were given the background to a known serial killer and were asked to discuss how elements of his upbringing may have contributed to his criminal behaviour. Students were then introduced to geographical profiling - techniques used by the criminal justice system to try and find patterns in where criminals may commit crimes in location to where they may live. It was an engaging and thought-provoking session, enjoyed by all."

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Burton, said: "It was great to see such engagement with universities and employers; we work hard to support our students with their careers and links with companies such as Clee Hill are wonderful to ensure our students are aware of the immense opportunities that are open to them. A representative from Keele university praised our students, describing them as "wonderful, attentive", and that they "definitely engaged in a variety of ways!"