London students meet professionals from "hidden" careers
Prospects delivers the National Careers Service in London. The London National Careers Service team organised an event for 50 Year 10 students from schools in Wandsworth, Redbridge and Southwark called Hidden Careers. Hidden Careers, created by Neil Hammond, Partnership Careers Adviser at the National Careers Service in London provided young people with insights into careers that they may not have heard of in popular culture.
It took place at Kings Place in Kings Cross and focused on career opportunities that offer long-term career development and industries that offer impactful roles, such as cargo management and occupational therapy.
Professionals from Arcadis, British Airways, QBE Insurance, The Royal College of Occupational Therapy, The Mill and UK Screen Alliance all attended Hidden Careers and gave informative talks to the students, discussing different aspects of the jobs available in their industries and how young people can enter and progress in the sectors.
The event helped students to open their minds to less obvious career options and consider roles they had not previously known about. The event closed with student presentations on their new-found knowledge and conclusions.
Attending teachers and support staff commented: “The presentations about each occupation went really well, especially the insights on Quantity Surveying led by Arcadis; they were interesting, evoked thought into future careers and provided a great insight into different career opportunities after education.”
Students also commented: “I learnt a lot today – the information given meant we can see the career paths. I definitely found out about a lot of careers I didn’t know existed.”