National Careers Week

Tuesday 12th March 2024

During National Careers Week 2024 (Monday 4th – Friday 8th March) several talks and workshops were organised for the Hundred, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. It is a truism that young people will ‘only be what they can see’ and we were delighted to host so many opportunities for pupils to hear about a wide range of career sectors. The main events from the week are summarised here with insight from our pupils as to what they took away from the sessions.

The inaugural Apprenticeship and Skills Fair saw Hundred and Sixth Form pupils listen to Dyson degree engineering apprentice, Miya Scott (MM 2016-20), discuss her experience of an engineering apprenticeship versus studying at university.  ASK Apprenticeships, FutureSmart Careers and QA Ltd explained how to prepare for applying for apprenticeships, what to expect, advantages and disadvantages and how to find higher and degree apprenticeships.

” The Apprenticeship Fair was very informative and eye opening as it presented ideas to us all that we hadn’t initially considered. Many of the pupils who attended the fair were interested in engineering as potential careers, and it showed us that there is more than one way to approach getting a degree, as well as gaining hands on experience while we do it. It was also great to know how many different apprenticeships were on offer as well as the connections they have in order to ensure jobs after and during the apprenticeship. Dani L

The Lower Sixth were treated to workshops by current beaks who had been industry professionals prior to teaching at Marlborough.  Fields included publishing, marketing and PR, environmental green jobs, law, business and management consultancy as well as careers within the sporting world.

As a Lower Sixth pupil who joined in September, it’s amazing to see what opportunities Marlborough presents to you. I am taking A level English Literature, and found the ‘Beaks Careers Talk’ on publishing extremely informative – it is a field I am very interested in pursuing. It was great to hear first-hand what life in the field is like, what to expect, and to have a firmer understanding of such a rewarding career.Seraphina B-S

Sixth Form pupils took the opportunity to speak to the Armed Forces to better understand entry requirements, the wide-ranging job choices, career paths and progression as well as scholarships.

“My meeting with the Armed Forces was hugely helpful, I’d researched the relevant websites prior, but nothing compared to talking to Armed Forces representatives. It was stimulating and thought-provoking, and an experience I’m glad I went for, which has massively helped in my decision-making process.” Jamie B

As part of the ‘Launch Series’ Careers Talks, the Sixth Form were fortunate to hear from experts in politics, crisis management and political journalism. The evening highlighted ways into the political world, job opportunities, what recruiters look for and, above all, advice on how to be flexible, willing to get stuck in and be tenacious.

“On Wednesday 6th March, guest OM speakers came to visit the Sixth Form for a talk and dinner. The talk’s aim was to help guide pupils with potential careers in politics and international relations, and no better suited panel could have been picked. The three OMs were, in their own words, from all three aspects of politics; “The tomato thrower” and the “Tomato catcher”, a father-son duo composed of Tom Newton Dunn, the former political editor of the Sun, who had also worked for the Times and the Mirror, and his father Bill Newton Dunn, the only member of the European Parliament to have served from its inception in 1979 until the UK’s withdrawal in 2020. The final speaker, the “Tomato polisher”, was Chris Philipsborn, the Executive Vice President of Kreab Worldwide, a crisis communications and reputation management specialist. During the talk, a wide range of topics were discussed: from interesting stories, like Bill meeting a young Joe Biden, Tom interviewing Trump and Chris finding out his father worked in the CIA, to more theoretical issues, such as the apparent decline of the West, and ending in practical advice, such as the importance of learning languages for a career in politics and the importance of getting as much experience as you possibly can, be it bar-tending or car-mending, as in the advisory field, every aspect of your life will turn out to be useful eventually.” John G

Overall, the National Careers Week programme of events was a tremendous success and we are very grateful to all of the amazing speakers and experts who gave their time and insight so warmly. The Week supports a much wider Careers and Higher Education programme which runs throughout the year and across all year groups.

The Futures Department

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