Last week saw Rainhill Sixth Form supporting two national events. National Careers Week ran from 4th – 8th March 2019, promoting the importance of careers advice and guidance in schools and colleges and International Women’s Day, on the 8th March 2019, celebrates women’s global achievements and importance.

Combining the two events, Rainhill Sixth Form invited in a range of female speakers, each of whom are highly successful in their careers. The women’s careers ranged from law to marketing, physiotherapy to electrical engineering. Donna Myers started National Careers Week with an inspirational talk to the whole of Year 12, outlining her career journey and leaving them with five top tips. These included being resilient and playing to your own strengths and weaknesses.

A-Level Law students then attended a question and answer session with Donna. Asking insightful questions about different careers and routes into law, Year 12 gained useful information about future career paths and learnt more about Donna’s niche specialism, ecclesiastical law.

On Wednesday 6th March 2019, it was Lisa Roxby and Lauren Voyce’s turns to inspire Year 12 students with their career stories. Lisa, a marketing manager for Papyrus and Lauren, a physiotherapist in the NHS enthused English, Business and PE students to look into career paths in marketing and physiotherapy, leaving their top tips. Making sure your career is something you love and getting life experience through a part time job or work experience were themes which kept emerging throughout the week.

On Thursday Julie who works with the LFC women’s team and Emma, who runs her our health and beauty business came in to talk about their careers in football, teaching and business.

The week of inspirational females ended with Sophie Sudworth and Julie Wilkes speaking to Year 12 at Rainhill Sixth Form talking about electrical engineering. Both women work for Scottish Power and gave a really inspiring insight into women in STEM careers.

As well as our host of female speakers, Rainhill Sixth Form also celebrated National Careers Week with several other events.

Monday’s assembly was rounded off, with some prize giving. In form time and PSE, from January 2019, students have been working on developing their own business plan, one of which was entered into a national enterprise competition run by Unifrog.  Students came up with some excellent ideas, with healthy water dispensers, an app to support grieving teenagers and a straw to detect spiked drinks amongst the entries. Although Rainhill Sixth Form did not win the national competition, we were very proud of all students who got involved. This was recognised through the director of Sixth Form awarding them with certificates and chocolate coins.

On Tuesday 5th March, 60 Year 12 made the trip to Manchester Convention Centre to the annual UCAS fair.  Held in Manchester Central Convention Centre, over 100 Universities and Apprenticeship providers gathered, allowing students to get advice and information under one roof.  The Universities covered a range of Post -18 options. Oxford and Cambridge Universities were present, as were a host of more specialised providers for the arts and creative industries.

Students were positive at the end of the fair, and with bulging bags of prospectuses and freebies were buzzing about their future options.  One students said, “It was a great experience to rule universities in and out. There were some Universities which I thought were definites. Talking to them today has made me even more definite about some of them and has made me think again about others.  Also, I have seen Universities today I didn’t even know existed and I have spoken to them. So, it was definitely worth coming.”

Wednesday’s PSE lesson focused on Linkedin, teaching the students about the importance of going digital when job hunting. Kat Southern was the winner of our Linkedin Social Media competition, posting a photo of her and her friends in PSE, alongside what she had learnt. She said “Linkedin is a professional social media site to connect with colleagues and employers. It’s important because it increases our chances of employment. Including a professional picture can increase the number of views by 21x”. Well done Kat!

On Thursday 7th March 2019, Steve Gore made a welcome return to Sixth Form to promote the fantastic opportunities on offer at Waterside training. From Level 3 to degree apprenticeships, Waterside Training works with some of the best manufacturing and engineering firms in the North West giving the students a great insight into what their futures could entail.

Friday 8th March 2019 saw the culmination of National Careers Week with a social media competition, alongside Career Connect meetings with Faye Rafferty for Year 12 and 13 students.

For the social media competition, students were invited to become careers detectives, finding letters around sixth form which spelt out a seven letter career. Students used their problem solving and team work skills to unscramble the letters and lots of students managed to solve the mystery career – Auditor. Faith Thompson in Year 12 won a £10 voucher for her entry in a random draw of all the entries.

A busy but informative week, National Careers Week and International Women’s Day was well supported at Rainhill Sixth Form, making sure the students left on Friday, better prepared for their future, not only in the work of work but as a global citizen too.

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