Hertford students get a taste of the world of work

19 December 2019

National and local companies gave students a taste of the world of work at a careers carousel organised by YC Hertfordshire at The Sele School in Hertford.

Young people were able to gain a unique insight into the contrasting careers and experiences of the professionals they met which included plumbers, hospitality managers, logistics and IT specialists, construction engineers, and the police. Students also had the opportunity to speak with advisers from YC Hertfordshire about their options post-Year 11, take part in a CV writing and employability skills workshop and also complete mock interviews. Feedback from the young people included:

“I enjoyed learning about the different opportunities and how you can be a valuable asset. It was also interesting learning about the reality of the job from the employer.”

“The fair was good and made me question whether the career I wanted to go into was really what I want to do. The CV writing workshop was great as it taught me how to format a CV which is something I didn't really know how to do before.”

Sele School’s coordinator Steve Millar commented:

“The information delivered in the workshops was invaluable. Meeting with real employers in a range of industries gave all our students the opportunity to ask direct questions and get real-life answers. This could have only been achieved at this careers carousel. Our thanks go out to YC Hertfordshire and its staff for organising such a successful and rewarding event.”

Employer feedback included:

“It was a worthwhile opportunity to speak to many young people, and then feeling I have opened their minds to think about some of many different careers within the construction industry that they were unaware even existed.” – Borras Constructio

“It was great to attend Sele School and meet with students, hear about their ambitions, share some of my own experiences with them and tell them what it’s like to work in a global organisation like Computacenter.” – Computacenter

David Hoskins, YC Hertfordshire Employments & Skills Coordinator said:

“It was brilliant to see one young person who had thought she had known what she had wanted to do in life change her mind after speaking with an employer. Challenging assumptions and encouraging young people to think about their aspirations and the steps they need to take to achieve them is a key benefit of these events.”