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Careers Convention 2024

Careers Convention 2024

On Friday 15th March, we welcomed Old Canfordians and parents to the annual Canford Careers Convention.

The aim of the Convention is to enable our Sixth Formers to learn more about career paths beyond school from parents and OCs and to build connections which could lead to mentoring or even work experience opportunities. This year we were very grateful to the 70 volunteers representing a wide range of industries including Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Environmental, Science and the Public sector. The event started with pupils and volunteers gathering in the Music School to listen to an interactive talk on money management and investing for the future. Canford parents, Tim and Katie Gallego from Poundbury Wealth Management and St James’s Place, are passionate about empowering the next generation to build healthy money habits from a young age.  

With the new addition of a networking buffet lunch in the Assembly Hall, pupils and volunteers had the chance to interact in a relaxed environment before two sessions of industry panels followed in the afternoon where more detailed questions could be asked and explored. The day concluded with the ever popular ‘speed-dating’ style networking session allowing Canfordians to talk one-to-one to the volunteers in particular areas of interest. Alongside this, there was a presentation on Degree Apprenticeships by 3 newly appointed Degree Apprentices from JP Morgan who talked about working in a global organisation and the application process involved.

After the event, OCs and parents involved were invited for a drink in the Rathbone Room.

Rowena Gaston, Development Director, said:

The Careers Convention is always a great event to organise bringing parents and alumni to Canford to support pupils’ decisions and answer questions around their career paths. We are extremely grateful to volunteers who gave up their time and it was a pleasure to hear that only did they enjoy the day but how impressed they were with our Lower Sixth pupils.

Michael Doherty, Head of Careers, commented:

Deciding what career direction to take after you leave school is one that causes most pupils stress and uncertainty. We are indebted to the OC and parent volunteers who were willing to provide help and advice for our Sixth Form pupils and also possible avenues to gain relevant knowledge and experience that hopefully will help ease their decision-making. The Careers Convention would not be the looked-forward-to event it has become, without their time, input and support and for this, we are very appreciative.

Careers Convention 2024