Mrs Rogers' Weekly Words Lent 8
ITV, Harlequins, Saracens, Twickenham, Wycombe Heights, The Marlow Club and Maidenhead United are just some of the organisations our Year 13 BTEC students have spent a week with on work experience, and they have returned to school buzzing with excitement! A recent survey showed two thirds of employers look for individuals with relevant work experience because it helps them prepare for work and develop general business awareness. It may not give students time to develop job-specific skills, but it certainly provides insight into the work involved. And our students have renewed enthusiasm and purpose in their studies, recognising the links between the units of work they are covering and how the knowledge and understanding gained applies to the workplace.
Ollie worked for Sportingclass, organising bespoke corporate golf events and rugby training days at a premier facility. Louis' time with Magpies in the Community culminated with him leading football coaching sessions. Harry W worked in sports marketing, learning about sponsorship deals including those with Adidas and DHL. Not only did Josh impress the golf pro through the warm ups he led at Wycombe Heights, he was offered a part time job there! Harry J worked with the Saracens Sports Foundation, focusing on marketing and the media while Ben was planning and assisting the personal training team at a local health club. Georgia is considering a career in sports journalism and had an incredible week working at ITV on Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and ITV Sports. She was especially interested in all the work that happened behind the cameras! At LVS, Becky assisted in PE lessons especially enjoying getting in the pool for swimming lessons with the junior pupils as they developed water confidence.
The remarkable opportunities our students secured have given them a chance to test out a career as well as building skills in advance of entering what is an extremely competitive jobs market. Year 12 students should already be networking to secure meaningful placements for this summer. James Darley, founder of Teach First and four service based charities, spoke to students about graduate recruitment recently and impressed on them the need for work experience or internships to ensure they 'stand out from the crowd' as they apply for their first jobs following completion of their degree studies. Many of our Year 13 students have had extremely useful placements, often thanks to parents of their peer group offering to provide them, so if you feel able to give a current Year 12 student a meaningful experience in your company, please let me know - it would be invaluable