Recently Brenda Cabras, Director of Employment and Training, and Jayne Runacres, PR Manager, attended a careers fair at Basildon Upper Academy in Essex to talk with students about their career options for the future.
The school was the first to host an event as part of the national, Inspiring the Future 'Inspiring Women' campaign, run by the Education and Employment Taskforce. It aims to get 15,000 women volunteering to give up an hour a year, to go into a school or college near where they live or work, to talk with groups of young women about their career and life experiences.
More than 175 women in diverse jobs, from an electrician to a shadow minister, a lawyer to an occupational therapist, a banker to a plastic surgeon took part in the careers fair. As well as Prospects and the National Careers Service, other organisations including Aston Martin, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, BSkyB, CBI, Crossrail, National Trust, NHS, Premier League, Royal Air Force, Sainsbury’s, the Medical Women’s Foundation and the University of Cambridge took part.
In addition,100 female students at the Academy had the opportunity to take part in a 'careers speed dating’ event and speak, face to face, to 10 highly successful women including Dr Margaret Aderin-Pocock MBE — space scientist, Clare Balding — presenter, writer & broadcaster, Samantha Cameron — creative consultant for Smythson, Miriam González Durántez — partner at Dechert LLP, Dame Tessa Jowell DBE — politician, and Mandy Hickson — former Royal Air Force jet pilot.