Let's Talk Careers to Primary School Kids
Hosted by Author Gavin Oattes, Gavin with his comedic flare made the events engaging and fun for primary school kids, taking their questions directly to the panel of Moray employers.
Joining the first event, the panel consisted of RNCI, The Dowans Hotel, SWECO and RAF Childcare Centre speaking about the skills required in the agriculture, hospitality, engineering and childcare sectors. Steph at Dowans passed on her best advice to the pupils ‘work hard and never feel like you have stopped learning, keep going’.
Joining the second panel was Balfour Beatty, RAF, Moray College UHI and Harper MacLeod Law Firm taking questions about their pathways and journey to their current job. Lauren from Harper MacLeod said her inspiration to study law came from the film Legally Blonde. Find what inspires you!
The aim of the event was to connect P4-P5 pupils directly with employers to make them aware of employability skills, sectors and careers available in Moray. With the overall riding theme being, there is #NoWrongPath.
Aimee Stephen, DYW Business Liaison said:
We were delighted that so many young people were watching the event live in their classroom. Despite the fact the event was virtual, the engagement levels received from the pupils and teacher was immense.
Myles Wilson P7 Pupil at Seafield Primary School said:
"I really enjoyed the online DYW session as it made us aware of different companies and employment in Moray. It was useful because it opened up ideas for us for when we leave school. It was reassuring to hear there is no wrong path and that you might have lots of jobs before you find the one you really enjoy that uses your best skills."
Mrs Simpson, Teacher at Seafield Primary School said:
"I thought the event was very useful in terms of engaging the pupils with what DYW is all about and opening up a great discussion on future prospects and the children’s goals. I liked the presentation style used and it was pitched at the right level for our pupils with an element of humour which they all really enjoyed! Thank you for providing this for all schools when it's so difficult to get out and about to visit businesses or attend the transition Careers events as we normally would."
What made the event a success was the contribution from all on the day – schools, employers, host Gavin Oattes and Aimee Stephen from DYW Moray who organised the event. Virtual career events may be the way forward… benefits include reaching more schools, no travel time involved whilst still as engaging as face to face. The employers took the pupils on a journey of their career paths and gave wise advice that young people can apply to their journey.