To celebrate National Careers Week (encompassing National Apprenticeship Week) and International Women's Day Northampton Academy have welcomed a host of local businesses, colleges and apprenticeship providers through the doors.
Representatives from Adecco, 3aa, Starting Off, Heart of England Training, Northampton College and Moulton College held information stands in the school canteen during lunch to give students vital advice and guidance about what they can offer students, including apprenticeships and courses they provide post 16 and Portsmouth University gave a talk to Sixth Form students about career progression with a degree. Local firm Smurfit Kappa delivered a workshop for Year 12 ambassadors on ‘How to deal with Mental Health in the workplace’.
As part of National Careers Week teachers across the school gave short talks about careers in lessons with skills cards given to Year 7 and 8 to help them cross-check their own skills against those required for various careers, helping them to recognise the link between the world of work and their vital studies.
To celebrate International Women's Day a group of top female lawyers from Hewitsons’ accompanied by a senior female audit manager from KPMG held a ‘speed-dating style’ workshop with Year 12 students interested in a career in law, covering topics such as subject choices, university selection, work experience and potential obstacles to career progression.
Former Northampton Academy student, Mo Adeeyo, who is now a trainee solicitor with Hewitsons, was in attendance. She said, “It was a real privilege and pleasure to spend time with the girls. They were really interested and engaged and asked some intelligent questions, I was very impressed.”
“I hope they took away the belief that if I can do this, so can they. My main message to them was to be the best you can be. I told them to listen to teachers’ advice, but also remember that they know themselves better than anyone else and not to let anything hold them back”.