Raising aspirations at Willowfield Humanities College
“I am more confident”
“I learnt how to identify my skills”
These are just a couple of the responses from students at Willowfield Humanities College after their Careers Junction in June.
With 8 different industries represented at this event, year 9 students listened to talks, took part in activities and asked questions of the wonderful industry volunteers through a morning of career insight workshops. Students gained invaluable insight into the varied world of work which are open to them, as well as managing to pry salaries out of some of the volunteers!
The Careers Junction forms part of the Education Works schools programme, in which volunteers prepare short talks and industry relevant activities for groups of students as they move from one talk to the next. Providing not just an understanding of the world of work, students also learn about career paths, and the skills they need.
Willowfield were pleased to welcome one of their alumni as a volunteer; Now working as the Head of FX Macro / Institutional Structuring at HSBC, Kieran Arasaratnam shared his inspirational story of coming to the UK with no English, struggling at school and how he now has an amazing job in which he travels the world. After his workshop, a student said they learnt that “you can become anything if you try”.
With other volunteers from CMS PLC, the FCA, West Ham, London City Airport, Citi Group and ADA College, ELBA would like to extend a huge thank you to our partners and volunteers who supported this event and all others for the inspiring work they deliver to students within the local community.
– Written by Kerry Mulhern, ELBA Education Works Project Manager