Article by Richard Duggan: Pupils at a Billericay school have had their eyes opened to the working world after taking part in a careers day.
Quilters Junior School played host to 22 volunteers from 19 different occupations who gave up their time to talk to students from Years 5 and 6 about their jobs.
They explained what was rewarding about their professions, what they would miss most if they could not do it anymore, what challenges they face in their role and what someone needs to do to get a job in their industry.
The children were able to speak to a reverend, engineers, manufacturers, child minders, insurers, a journalist, people in banking, someone in medicine, a sports coach, a surveyor, an accountant, scientists, pharmacists and even a teacher.
The Careers Expo Day, which took place on November 8, has been hailed as a "roaring success" by head teacher Michael Wade. He said:
"It was a wonderful day made possible by the kindness of our parents and members of our local community. The pupils were so excited before, during and after the event. They were buzzing at the thought of a world of possibilities. As always, it was a pleasure for me to see them conduct themselves as the outstanding role-models that they are."
Mr Wade also expressed the school's determination to make sure their students are aspirational and to see how different doors can be opened by their dedication to learning.
The school, in Laindon Road, now hopes to make the career's expo an annual event.
Pupil Fiona Munroe was just one of a number who took part in the day. She said:
"It was really interesting. Out of all of the jobs, I enjoyed the ones to do with science. I learnt a lot and I think it will help to encourage me to continue to work hard at school."
Students enjoying themselves at the careers day
Russell Stillwell, Managing Director of RSE Building Services, who brought Virtual Reality Hardware to the event for the children to enjoy, said: "It was so refreshing to see how easily the students interacted with the construction design technology that we brought along to the event and exciting to see young inquisitive minds full of passion enjoying the opportunities and ideas put in front of them.
"The words fun, enjoyable, open, simple, clean, wow, teamwork were all used throughout the day and I look forward to hopefully seeing many of these children pursuing a career within the construction, creating a refreshed work ethic, culture and ethos for our industry - something that is definitely needed".
Article by Richard Duggan, Essex Live