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A3 Higher Education/Careers Forum

On Friday 12 February, Bryanston held its annual Higher Education and Careers Forum for A3 pupils and sixth-formers from local schools, during which pupils attended workshops on the various options after sixth form.

The purpose of the day is to provide students with the chance to meet academics and experts from a broad range of professions, to provide a relaxed forum in which to ask questions and to explore future options.

Each year the event grows bigger and this year a total of 270 pupils from eleven schools in the local area could choose from a total of 43 different workshops, with 75 expert guest speakers. Career-focussed workshops were available on a variety of industries from veterinary medicine, routes into accountancy and banking, politics and international relations to teaching and early years education to name just a few. We were delighted this year to be joined by the Heads of Mathematics, Engineering and Admissions from the University of Surrey as well as the Head of Social Science and Policy from Bath, who joined more familiar faces from Oxford Brookes, Southampton, Sussex and Bournemouth and recent OBs from Bristol and Loughborough.

There were also workshops offering help on choosing the right course and the right university, giving pupils advice on evaluating course structure, content, and delivery making sure that it meets their skills, interests and future needs.

Other workshops gave advice on earning straight away, interview skills and how to get ahead in the job market amongst the fierce competition for training and recruitment opportunities with employers. Leading organisations including M&C Saatchi, Savills, Sunseeker, Cobham Engineering, RSM, JP Morgan and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office were represented. Pupils who were exploring school leaver programmes also had the chance to try simulating air traffic control and flying an aircraft!

Throughout the event pupils were able to gain valuable knowledge and advice to help them with their post-18 decisions.

Thank you to all the guest speakers who attended the forum.