A careers fair organised by former students of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School gave the current crop of senior pupils the opportunity to learn about their options after leaving school.
The event for Year 10-13 students, held at the Dover school last Friday (March 3), included hands-on demonstrations, guidance on career and higher education choices, and advice on how to write job applications.
Organised by The Dukies Association, the network for past pupils at the school, the event formed part of the ‘Dukies Inspiring Dukies’ Careers Programme.
The 20 former Dukies came from a wide generational spread and represented a range of professions, including two paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, a chartered ecologist, a director, playwright and screenwriter, a banker, a lawyer, an accountant, a systems engineer from Boeing Defence, and a senior commissioning editor from Cambridge University Press.
There were also representatives from the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeships, the Chartered Insurance Institute, Transport for London, and the Army, Royal Navy, Signals and Royal Marines.
They were treated to breakfast and a buffet lunch, and a tour of the school’s new facilities, which include a purpose-built sports facility with gym and climbing wall, a drama studio, music suites, and specially-designed boarding accommodation. Some stayed on to compete in an Old Dukies vs School hockey match
Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “We are grateful to the members of The Dukies Association who have given up their time to pass on their knowledge and experience of the world of work. The variety of skills and disciplines represented gave our senior students a real insight into the variety of career paths on offer.”