KS3 Careers Fair

Published 14 December 2022

Last Friday, over 800 students from Y7, Y8 and Y9 attended a Careers fair held in the school hall. Fifty different job roles were represented from a range of companies and organisations including: Able & Cole, The Army, Berkshire Youth, City Arts, The Corn Exchange, CyberCrowd, Elite Text, Forrest Motorsport, Funding Hut, Jones Robinson, Kerridge CS, Newbury College, The NHS, Premier Pressure Cleaning, Priors Court Foundation, The RAF and Vodafone.

Students were able to visit the different tables and learn more about a range of interesting careers and job roles. During the fair, students completed a booklet to record their conversations and, following the morning, spent their tutor session discussing the conversations and experiences. Here is what our students had to say about the experience:

“It was really fun and I got to learn about a whole range of jobs.  The people there were really nice and told me a lot about what they did.” – Connor Hermon (9C2)

“It was very interesting to find out about jobs that I didn’t know existed and also get to know about how many of the jobs are linked to helping people in the community. I also enjoyed the fact we got some free goodies like key-rings and pens with companies’ names on them.” – Abigail Marshall (7P1)

Thank you to Jemma from Elite Text who ran a ‘guess the number of pages in the book’ competition with a wonderful prize of a Dorling Kindersley science book. The winner was Bea Odwell (7D1) who guessed the exact number – 320 pages!

Our volunteers also gave us some lovely feedback:

“After attending the recent Careers Fair at St Bart’s ,I was truly impressed by the students who we interacted with from a number of different age groups.  They were polite, very well behaved and an absolute credit to the school!  I would recommend any local organisations to attend in the future to such a well organised and inspiring event” – Kate Lefever (HR & Training, Prior’s Court Foundation)

“Thank you for having us, it was a great event and lovely see all the engagement and enthusiasm from the students. I hope they have come away from it inspired and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.” – Alia (Audiology – Royal Berkshire Hospital)

“Thanks for organising today, it was good fun and I hope the students get a lot out of it!”

Rob Conway (Doctor)

“Thank you for organising a fabulous KS3 Careers Fair today. Colin and I loved meeting the students and they asked some great questions. We learnt facts from them too today, which was wonderful.”

Jemma Hillyer (Elite Text)

“Thank you so much for having us, it was a great event and the students were all wonderful!”

Helen Bonner (Corn Exchange)

Thank you to all our volunteers for giving up their time on the day. It was great to see so many ex-students and others with links to the school. We look forward to a bigger event next year!