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Wyvern students made the most of the recent Careers Week, experiencing a host of inspiring sessions and quizzing visitors from diverse professions.


With the NHS being Hampshire’s largest employer, a number of speakers focussed on the health sector. Two clinical scientists spoke to students about their work and education backgrounds, and Matt Archer, Specialist Urology Nurse, talked about his role and careers in nursing. He showed students some kidney stones and explained how they form and pass out of the body – certainly not for the squeamish! Students were also able to study pay scales of hospital staff and ask about the many careers available. Local GP, Jules Hempenstall, outlined her education, training and day to day workload.


The transport and logistics sector was represented by ex-student Laurie Alford, who talked about different roles, apprenticeships and on the job training. Students also learnt about the changing face of transport and the need for highly trained engineers to support driverless trucks of the future. Youngsters considering careers in sport were motivated by Jake Sheaf, Team GB Volleyball player, and Thinus Delport, South African Rugby player, who gave an inspiring assembly.


Law is a popular career choice and several groups welcomed solicitors from Clarke Willmott who explained the university and apprenticeship routes into this profession. Students were also intrigued by the many stories the ladies had to tell. Author Jo Cotterill entertained students with tales of working in the Creative Industry. She emphasised the importance of having a back-up plan, as becoming a successful author is hard work and can be low paid until you get published.


To celebrate International Women’s Day, ten girls attended a STEM event at Winchester Science Centre where they heard from women working in the space industry and participated in a Careers Speed Networking Session and an engineering challenge. Barton Peveril College hosted two events: forty students visited the Higher Education Fair with over 65 university stalls, and another group enjoyed a Cambridge University taster session, including a fascinating neuroscience lecture.


Reflecting on the week, Wyvern’s Careers Co-ordinator Katie Bruce, said “A huge thank you to all the visiting professionals. Our students were really inspired and enthused about the wealth of choices available to them.”






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