To start with, Sophie, an undergraduate from Solent University, spoke with the pupils about her life – the steps she has taken since leaving junior school, leading her through GCSEs, A levels and now her degree course. She spoke about how she took a year out before going to university in order to explore the world; she visited Thailand, scuba dived, climbed mountains, spent time with family. It was really inspiring and allowed the children to dream…
The careers fair itself was so exciting. We welcomed marine biologists, palaeontologists, photographers, Police, vets, chefs, archaeologists, teachers, actors…the list went on.
We had the RAF, footballers from AFC Totton, hairdressers, forensic scientists and even Ali Sparkes came to speak of her life as an author. It was brilliant. We had over an hour to chat and find out all we wanted to. For some, it reaffirmed their aspirations and hopes for the future while for others it made them reconsider or discover something new.
But for everyone, it made clear that the future is an exciting place and actually showed that with hard work and determination, those hopes and dreams really can become a reality.