AN ANDOVER school marked National Careers week earlier this month with a variety of activities to enhance students’ understanding of the many different career opportunities available to them beyond their education.

Over the week, four alumni and ten employers went into Winton Community Academy on London Road, to raise the aspirations of students.

Lorna Wagner from Maritime UK had conversations with Year 8s about the different and exciting jobs that are available in the maritime sector, and the many different routes available to get there.Edward Keelan from Octopus Ventures inspired Year 9s with a fantastic interactive session on his careers journey and what it’s like to be an investor. Meanwhile, Jake Hutchence from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation shared his career journey with the Year 11s, telling them about his career path so far and what it’s like to be an apprentice.

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Students in Year 10 had fun ‘Speed Networking’ with 12 employers – some local, and some national. Students had the opportunity to ask as many questions as they could to each employer about their career path and the jobs they do now. Some Year 10 students were also lucky enough to gain work experience at Andover College ‘Elements Salon’ learning barbering, hairdressing and styling skills.

The National Citizen Service finished the week off nicely, and gave a fun and informative presentation to the Year 11s.

A Winton School spokesperson said: “Huge thanks goes to all the employers and alumni who so kindly gave their time to raise awareness and aspirations.”

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