Sexey’s School welcomed twenty employers from businesses in the local area into school today for a ‘speed dating’ event as part of its careers programme for Year 10 students.
The 14 and 15 year olds had ten minute sessions with the range of employers, interrogating them on what their business entailed – and all importantly, what is required to stand out in an increasingly competitive employment market.
The resounding message from the employers to the students was to focus on their volunteering and work experience, in addition to their academic studies. “What leaps out on a CV?” said Frances Fawcett, Spartan Games, “I look for evidence that an applicant is prepared to take time out to do things and has plenty of energy. I want to see that they are reliable, and can work in a team.”
Dr. Stephen Chard echoed these sentiments, saying, “My best recruitment decisions have been for young people who show an inquisitive mind and are eager to help. Take up extra jobs, ask how you can help, make eye contact, work on your people skills – these are the things that will get you noticed and help you to learn quickly.”
Monty Saul from Kilver Court added, “I advise all of the students to think about their second string, their alternative career choice. You may be convinced that you know what you want to become, but sometimes life takes a different turn to the one you imagined. Think about making your job your passion, and do what you love as it will serve you best in the end. I receive hundreds of CVs a week and I’d add – don’t use an online package, don’t get your parents to write it for you. An employer will respond best to honesty and seeing your real personality coming through.”
Speaking about the careers event, Wendy Watson, Sexey’s Independent Careers Advisor, said, “I’m so pleased with how the morning has gone. The students were all engaged and responsive to the range of businesses in the room, and I’m so grateful to all of these moguls of business who have given up their time to support Sexey’s students as they begin to make their future careers choices.”
Oli Wade, Year 10 day student, said, “I’ve definitely taken on board the recommendations to build up the non-academic interests section on my CV. It’s going to be the way to make mine stand out against all the other people going for the same job.”
Eldon Scase, also a Year 10 day student, added, “I was so inspired by the Pearce Seeds representatives that I asked whether they had any part time jobs. They’ve said that they may consider me for harvest work so I’ll definitely be following up.”
Robert Hounslow, Wincanton Plc, summarised his experience of the morning by saying, “Most of the young people were engaging and seemed genuinely interested in what we do as a company - thanks for the opportunity to meet and talk to your students about our business.”
The employers and businesses taking part in the speed dating careers event were: LCpl Dan Carter (Army), Abi Nettley (BAE Systems), Laura Myers and Esther Waller (Chicken House Publishing), Nicola Mardon (Coutts Private Banking), Roger Lewis (Delaware Veterinary Practice), Stephen Chard and Richard Lovelock (Industrial Scientists), James Mann (JamesMann Photography), Joel Trott and Thai Lepuri (JoelRichmond Accountancy), Lucy Suggett (JTL Apprenticeships), Monty Saul (Kilver Court), Austin Few (NVB Architects), Cindy Hallett and Cas Sandy (Pearce Seeds), Harry Wild (River Cottage), WO2 Neil Hodgson (Royal Navy), Toni McKinlay (1610 Commmunity Leisure), Emma Thorne (Somerset County Council, Legal Department), Frances Fawcett and Ricky Brewer (Spartan Games), Neville Thorner and Leah Judd (Symonds and Sampson Estate Agents), Miranda Blazeby (Western Gazette), Robert Hounslow (Wincanton Plc).
About Sexey’s School
Established in 1891 and set in the beautiful English countryside of Bruton, Somerset, Sexey’s School is a CofE co-educational state boarding and day school for ages 11-18. It is one of 38 state boarding schools in the country, providing a cost effective, high quality all-round education. It is listed as a Top 100 State School in The Independent and is one of Tatler’s 22 Best State Schools in Britain in its 2015 guide. Sexey’s offers a supportive, caring, family atmosphere for young people to develop both personally and academically and was rated 'Outstanding' for behaviour in its recent Ofsted report. In August 2014, Sexey’s celebrated excellent GCSE and A Level examination results, ranking best in Somerset and Dorset for a state school at GCSE. It continues to celebrate its students’ successes in sport, music, art and drama.