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Careers

Y12 Work Experience

Year 12 have just completed their week’s work experience in industry. Work experience placements serve multiple purposes, including experience of the world of work, employability skill development and experience to help guide future career decision-making.

Some of the companies who hosted Y12 were HSBC Bank, 5Plus Architects, NHS, Unilever and Key 103. We have received some excellent employer feedback commenting on their punctuality, reliability and keenness to learn more about the company. The students faced new challenges and learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know before.

See a tweet from 5Plus Architects:

Year 10 Careers Day & Practice Interviews

On Weds, 4th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 students as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae and AGGS maths teacher, Sarah Chancellor. Mrs Chancellor had an exciting and rewarding career in sports event management, including working as part of the London Olympics 2012 team. Her speech, reflecting on her journey to date, was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a team building session with the RAF and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.

Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from IBM, Tesco, BBC, Together Money, Chubb and Aldi. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our students. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the students an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complementing our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.

Year 8 WoW Day

WoW - Y8 World of Work DayASPIREOn Thursday, 3rd May we held our second World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.

The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.

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WILLMOTT DIXON Enterprise Day – What would be your ideal school?

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise Day

Last week Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day for the whole of Year 8. “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayDuring the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayEach group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck mid- morning and due to budget cuts they had to reduce costs by 30%!

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayEach of the groups had to present their ideas to a panel of judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-3 and consisted of Amalie, Grace, Shreya, Isobel and Niya. Their prize was an Amazon voucher each and they will have the opportunity to visit a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayWe look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it. More importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers for women in construction.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise Day

Year 10 Skills NW visit to Event City

ASPIREOn Wednesday 21st March all of Y10 visited the Skills NW event at Event City. It was the region’s biggest careers, jobs, skills, HE and apprenticeships event to discover what their future holds. It was an opportunity for students to explore a range of careers options, talk to employer’s, find out about college courses, meet apprentices, universities and get hands-on with activities and challenges.

Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City
Y10 Skills NW visit to Event City

Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day

ASPIREOn 22nd November Year 11 took part in a Top Trader day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.

Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
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Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day

Year 12 Careers Fortnight 2017

Y12 Careers Fortnight Careers talk by Hilti Engineering

ASPIREBetween 6-17th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where they were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different interesting jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers and ex-students to give talks in assemblies, lessons and at lunchtime.

Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Y12 Careers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Careers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Careers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Careers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Careers Fortnight - Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.
Careers Fortnight – Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.

Visit from Manchester University

MFL Manchester University Visit

On Monday 6th November we were delighted to welcome Sonja Bernhard, School Liaison Officer, from the University of Manchester. She delivered a couple of talks to our Year 9 students about the value of language learning and they were very interested to hear of Sonja’s experiences as a native German speaker living and working in Manchester. She also spoke to Year 12 as part of careers week and shared lots of advice about combining language study with other subjects at university. The students were able to appreciate that language learning not only involves acquiring vocabulary but also gives us an understanding of the culture of other countries.

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site Visit

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site Visit

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site VisitThe winning team from our Y10 Willmott Dixon Enterprise day which took place in July, went on a construction site visit to Manchester University as part of their winning prize. They visited the Brunswick Park site and Schuster Building, which Willmott Dixon have been working at since last April.

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site Visit
Professor Brian Cox’s new Physics Lecture room

It was interesting to see how all the planning and design had all come together to provide an impressive new £7.8 million state of the art physics department, complete with a modern lecture room for Professor Brian Cox to hold his physics lectures. The students got to meet the Construction Manager of the University, Simon and were shown round the site by Darrell, the Senior Build Manager and Apprentice, Bethany O’Neill, who was an excellent and enthusiastic role model for women in the construction industry. Y11 Willmott Dixon Site VisitBethany explained about the many different roles for women in construction and in particular her apprenticeship route as a Quantity Surveyor with Willmott Dixon. The students also got to see the Brunswick Park site which is going to be a lovely park area for the university students to walk through and saw the intricate laying of the Portugese style paving. The students asked lots of interesting questions and got to complete an online quiz about which sector in construction they would be most suited to. We would like to thank Willmott Dixon for putting together such an excellent site visit programme and for providing lunch.

The students all from 11-5 were: Oliva, Poppy, Diana, Imogen, Caitlin and Natasha.

Safari Rangers from Chester Zoo, Biology Week 2017

Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk

On Monday 9th October, all Y9 students received a talk from a Chester Zoo Safari Ranger. Marisa and Mike were both inspiring representatives from the zoo who answered questions about different careers in the zoo, animal conservation, illegal trade of animals and animal behaviour. The Y9 students were really well behaved throughout and asked lots of thoughtful, intelligent questions.

Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk