On Thursday 22nd September OBA held their first ever careers fair specifically for Child Development students. The event saw representatives from across Halton and the North West inspire the students by giving them an insight into careers that involve working with children and their families.
We welcomed Social Workers, an Antenatal Practitioner, a Midwife, a Breast Feeding Support Worker, a representative from Bridgewater Medical Team who is experienced in a variety of careers associated with children’s health as well as the Principal Manager and an Early Help Officer from our very own Halton Children’s Centres.
Students from Year 9 through to Year 13 who study GCSE and A Level Child Development gained an insight into the careers of the visiting professionals and they also provided students with information about grades required for the relevant university courses that would help them to pursue their chosen career. Some very ‘hands on’ stalls gave the students the opportunity to simulate listening to a baby’s heartbeat through the mother’s abdomen and they were even able to deliver baby – although not a real one, of course!
Mrs Smith, teacher of Science and Child Development, who organised the event said:
My vision for the fair was to educate our young people on the careers available to them and how accessible they are through study, hard work and determination. I wanted to bring their classroom learning to life with the help of our volunteer professionals.
Lauren Mather, Year 13 said:
Talking to the Social Workers was inspiring and I realised that this is what I want to do in the future. I am now going to apply to university for a degree in Social Work.
Leah Oram in Year 12, said about the day:
I have been given work experience advice and advice on university. I now know it’s what I want to do.
Social Worker, Samantha Walsh commented:
The students were all very passionate about finding out about the range of careers on offer. They were all very mature and the empathy of the students really came through. They would make brilliant Social Workers.
Antenatal practitioner, Donna McParland, thoroughly enjoyed presenting during the event and said:
You have lots of very interested students who asked thought provoking questions. They were all very engaged and interested.
Mrs Smith continued:
This Careers Fair has helped us to build up some fabulous links within the community. It has also opened up opportunities for work experience and I will be inviting some of the professionals who were present back to deliver more applied learning experiences in lessons.