The annual Career Choices Day took place at Pembrokeshire College last week when almost 1,000 year 9 pupils attended talks, workshops and tasters to find out about potential future careers.
Now in its fourth year, this joint initiative between Pembrokeshire County Council and the College allowed pupils to have a day focused on their future career options. Pupils from Castle School, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Sir Thomas Picton, Tasker Milward, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol y Preseli enjoyed taster sessions on up to three careers of their choice.
With over 80 different careers to choose from, pupils were split in to mixed groups to attend sessions delivered by people with real experience of working in the industry.
Pupils were given advice and tips on the routes into a diverse range of careers including robotics, ecology, crime scene investigation, town planning, marketing, construction, food technology, fitness, hospitality, health related careers, creative careers, computer programming, the armed forces, journalism and engineering.
During the sessions pupils were given examples of a day in the life of each trade along with hands-on exercises from experienced professionals.
Pupils commented: “The day has been interesting, practical and fun”, “I found the day really helpful” and “I really enjoyed everything and learnt a lot.” Another said that they hadn’t realised that there were so many options available to them after leaving school.
Attending the Careers Day will help year 9 pupils to make informed choices about their future after getting a taste of what is involved.
Assistant Principal, David Evans said: “We hope that this careers day will have opened pupils’ minds to the vast array of careers on offer and will have inspired them to gain the qualifications needed to pursue their chosen career path.
“We have been able to make this an annual event thanks to the continued support of local professionals who are passionate about their careers and about inspiring future generations.”
Over 60 industry experts gave up their time to share their experiences and deliver on hands-on tasters to give pupils an insight into their careers. Our sincere thanks go to the following companies:
157 Regiment | Bomborra | Burns Pet Food | Darwin | Deloitte | Dragon LNG | Dyfed Powys Police | Dyfed Training | Food Centre Wales | Hywel Dda Health Board | Kier Construction | Mark Smith – Nuclear Physicist | MHPA | Pembrokeshire County Council | REME | Retreats Group | Robert Davies – GP | Royal Engineers | Sarah King – Freelance Writer | Specsavers | Swansea University | TE1 Entertainment | Welsh Guards | Western Telegraph | Zurich