Four full days of careers activity took place in Thomas Rotherham College delivered by HeppSY’s Higher Education Progression Advisers to kick off 2020 coordinated by Ashleigh the Higher Education Engagement Assistant based at the college and the careers service. All year 12 students received an hour lecture on options after leaving the college, delivered in five sessions throughout the week. The session covered exploring career ideas, Higher Education available, apprenticeships, and advice on choosing between the options available. Delivered jointly with a representative from TRC’s careers team, it also highlighted the ongoing support and careers events taking place at the college.
58 students shared their views about the session and
When asked what was most useful to them, responses included:
When asked if views about Higher Education had changes as a result of the session, responses included:
Also throughout the week seven 90 minute sessions were offered to subject groups focused on career options and Higher Education progression routes linked to their subject. Groups included Y12 and Y13 students from Music technology, Sport, Computer Science, Business and Media with 43 students completing a feedback form. Key findings included:
Selected quotes: What did you learn?
Selected quotes: Have your views about Higher Education or careers changed as a result of today? If so, why?
Staff feedback from Careers in the Curriculum sessions
Liam, Music Technology teacher: “The session was well received by students and was found to be informative and thought provoking for the class. Some students likely hadn’t considered many of the employment possibilities in music technology and, along with the trip to Huddersfield University, increased their aspirations for the subject.”
Nick, Sports Studies teacher: “The session raised the awareness for our students of the following: types of jobs available in sport, pay levels, profiles for the types of people / background who did these jobs. All in all, useful to increase the focus of our students on what they can now do to make themselves more employable.”
Following Caroline’s Careers input in their classroom at TRC, Music Technology students across both year groups visited the University of Huddersfield’s Music Technology department for a hands-on practical session. This was led by lecturer in Music Technology and Production, Chris Dewey and two undergraduate students. The session was all about live sound production, specifically experiencing what it’s like to be a live sound engineer. Students worked as a team to set up and configure a professional “front of house” P.A. and on-stage monitoring system. As well as learning about the fundamentals of live sound reinforcement using a range of professional equipment in a purpose-built live sound room. Students also received an additional session around Student Finance accompanied by a budgeting activity and given a tour of the university campus by student ambassadors.
Feedback from 16 students revealed that
Students felt the the biggest benefit of having taken part in this visit was