This March, Mackie Academy in Aberdeenshire delivered an S1/2 Career Pathways Event to help raise awareness of the range of opportunities available to young people as they consider their future careers.
This event provided an insight into a range of careers and raised aspirations of pupils in terms of their future plans and prospects. It guided pupils through the development of key skills required for different sectors and helped build on already strong partnerships with local businesses as the school continues to work together meet the Career Education Standard.
Present at the event were industries representing the four key priority areas as identified by Opportunity North East (ONE); food, drink and agriculture, oil and gas, life sciences and tourism. Representatives from Springboard Charity, Whittaker Engineering, Angus Training Group, University of Aberdeen and VisitAberdeenshire gave insight into career paths in the various industries.
SDS and Tree of Knowledge offered interactive workshops for all pupils challenging gender stereotypes in the work place and introducing the world of work in a unique manner.
Through feedback from pupils it was clear that the event succeed in raising aspirations and the desire to achieve success in school has been greatly enhanced. Staff who supervised pupils during each session also commented on pupils’ excitement about career opportunities for their futures.
The sessions also helped to raise awareness of current developments and careers and enhanced staff’s knowledge of how they can work within the four key priority sectors.
Pupils came away from the event with up-to-date information to guide their goals and ambitions, as well as giving them a better understanding of their own skills and qualities.