Stapleford school runs a career fair for ten-year-olds
THINKING about your future while you are still at primary school might seem a bit unusual.
But at Wadsworth Fields Primary in Stapleford, they are trying to change that.
They held a careers fair on Wednesday and invited youngsters from schools in the area.
In all, 150 children were able to hear about careers including the police and fire service, photography, carpentry and teaching.
Lynn Corner-Brown, deputy head teacher at the school, said: “Normally careers days are held for secondary school students as that is when it is often perceived to be most relevant.
“But we have found research which shows that it can benefit children in primary school.
“Often when children go up to secondary school it can be a big leap and they end up feeling disenchanted for a period of time.
“By holding this event, we can give them some focus. They will be going to secondary school and will realise they have something to work for.”
It is the second year the school has held the event for Year 6 children. They plan to make it an annual event.
As well as Wadsworth, other children were there from Bramcote Hills primary, Beeston Fields primary and Albany Junior.
Representatives from the organisations gave a short presentation and then answered questions.
Wadsworth pupils Charlie Roberts and Connor Allaway, both 11, and ten-year-old Cian Lyon heard from PC Dave Warren, from Notts Police.
“My cousin is in the police and I would like to do the same,” Charlie said.
“It is really interesting. But I like the idea of teaching as well.”
Connor is also interested in working for the emergency services, but felt the fire brigade was his calling.
He said: “It sounds like a good job. It was the best of the talks I had.”
Engineering was the career of choice for Cian. He said: “I really liked hearing about the jobs at Rolls-Royce.”
Jude Gaunt, 10, also from Wadsworth, said: “I want to be a vet. I have a dog at home and I really like animals and want to be able to help them when I grow up.”
Lily Hughes, 10, wants to be a teacher.
She said: “It sounds like a fun career. I’ve been told that every day is different.”
Daisy Darmon, 11, was interested in hearing about a career as a photographer.
“I like taking pictures and want to do it when I grow up.
“It is a job which you can do lots of different things with,” said the Beeston Fields pupil.
Fellow Beeston Fields pupil Jaymie Cornish, 11, also wants to be a photographer.
She said: “I take photographs a lot so I was keen to hear about what a job doing it is like.”
By Marcus Boocock
Nottingham Evening Post