Thursday 16th June marked the return of Futures Day, an event aimed at highlighting the range of opportunities available to our Sixth Students upon completion of their A Levels.
The day started with a talk from a number of ex-Springwood students who outlined their current career and the different routes they took to enter them. The students heard from Ella who studied at Drama at university and is currently working as an actress at White Horse Theatre Company, Alex and Katie who are currently undertaking ‘sandwich’ years working within their degrees working within the Clinical Psychology department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Marks and Spencers respectively. Toni and Lauren who having obtained degrees are working as a Teaching Assistant and Intervention Support Officer within the West Norfolk Academy Trust prior to undertaking their teacher training through the Cambridgeshire Partnership in September. Ethan who completed an apprenticeship and is currently working at Anglia IT Solutions, Amy who having completed a Business Administration apprenticeship at the QEH now works in Project Management, Toby who is undertaking an apprenticeship at Land Rover Jaguar and Sophie who is about to commence an apprenticeship in accountancy at Mapus, Smith and Lemmon.
Then it was on to the Employers Fair where students had the opportunity to speak to a range of employers from accountants to estate agents, the armed services to radiologists, primary schools to the insurance brokers, surveyors to the emergency services and many more besides. A number of past students including those who had presented earlier were also available for in depth discussions. During this hour long session students were able to ask questions about the qualifications required for different roles, speak to professionals about their experience of their role allowing them to gain a better understanding of the different roles available and the routes that can be taken to enter them. A number of local universities including Cambridge University, Bishop Grosseteste University, University of East Anglia, Lincoln University and University Campus Suffolk were also represented allowing students to make comparisons between degree and work based routes into different careers.
Having been able to speak to employers about the possibilities of apprenticeships, students then received a talk from Carly from 3AAA apprenticeships who discussed the benefits of undertaking Higher Level Apprenticeships and how to access them.
After lunch students spent went on to hear about gap year opportunities from Flora who represented Project Trust, a gap year organisation which provides placements in teaching, social care and outward bounds in South America, Africa and Asia. The students were captivated by Flora’s accounts of her experiences and many signed up to receive more information.
The final session of the day, presented by Rebekah from UEA, focussed on applying for university through UCAS. This talk opened students’ eyes to the sheer number of degree choices available to them (37,000!) and provided a brilliant starting point for our UCAS Super Learning Day on 8th July.
To view additional photos of the day please click here.