Year 9 Careers Speed Dating Event

Year 9 Careers Speed Dating Event

We welcomed twenty five employers and 15 alumni into school for a ‘speed dating’ event as part of our careers programme for Year9 students.

Barnhill students had 6 minute sessions with the range of alumni and employers, interrogating them on what their careers entailed and, all importantly, what is required to stand out in an increasingly competitive employment market.The resounding answer from alumni and the employers to the students was to focus on their volunteering and work experience, in addition to their academic studies.

Speaking about the careers event, Mr McComb, the CEIAG coordinator at Barnhill, said, “I’m so pleased with how the event has gone. The students were all engaged and responsive to the range of professionals in the room, and I’m so grateful to all of the alumni and business moguls who have given up their time to support Barnhill’s students as they begin to make their future career choices. Also, I would like to thank staff for supporting the event and encouraging our students who really excelled at the networking event today.

A selection of the alumni, employers and businesses taking part in the speed dating careers event included: 

  • Anbar Ahmad (Alumni 2014)
  • Susan Adedokun (Systems Analyst)
  • Arjan Cheeta (Alumni 2014)
  • School Police Officers
  • Pooja Chopra (Alumni 2009)
  • Nicola Burrows (Skanska UK)
  • Corrine Blake (Alumni 2004)
  • Tom Wakelin (Quality and Safety)
  • Jude Terry (Royal Navy)
  • Syreeta Thomas (General Electric (GE))
  • Steven Tang (Alumni 2014)
  • Marie Fennessy (H.M. Revenue and Customs)
  • Kari Koonin (Koonin Translations)
  • Laura Mitcham (MITIE Group PLC)
  • Nadia Abbas (British Gas)
  • Sandeep Johal (Alumni 2007)
  • Charlotte Harrison (Senior Education Professional)
  • Patrick Clopon (Alumni 2007)
  • Rita Sammons (The Tiriana Consultancy)
  • Conor Curley (Alumni 2012)
  • Lindsay MacKinnon (Welder and fabricator)
  • Hanna Niczyporuk (Economist for the UK Government)
  • Liz Roberts (Editor of Nursery World)
  • Nathalie Reis (Freelance translator)
  • Liiban Mohammed (Alumni 2014)
  • Brenda Daisy (BDO)
  • Baljinder Kloty (Alumni 2009)
  • Eunice Nortey (Alumni 2011)
  • Mohammed Laguda (McLaren)
  • Mira Radojevic (BBC Production Manager)
  • Suraj Athwell (Alumni 2014)
  • Christine Burridge (Implement systems, applications and devices)
  • Bilal Akbar (Alumni 2014)
  • Katrina Williams (Civil Service Dept of Energy & Climate Change)
  • Sunny Vijen (Alumni 2007)

Thank you to all of these volunteers for making this event a success! 

To see all the photos from this event, click here.

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