On the 16th July the Youth Council were extremely privileged to go to The Houses of Parliament. We met early in the morning to catch a train into London! When we arrived at Westminster, we were lucky enough to have a tour where we learnt a lot about the history of politics and how it’s changed over time. We even got to see the house of lords and ask questions about how debates run in this room!
After the tour, we met Grant Chapps, our local MP and he made us feel very welcome. We had a session with him in which we got to ask him questions which linked in with our priorities. Not only did he give us excellent, interesting answers, he asked us for our opinion too! This made us feel very important and professional as he cared about what we thought on the matters. The questions were on the environment, antisocial behaviour, LGBTQ+, young carers, youth democracy and mental health. We try to address these things at the youth council weekly so it was really interesting to get a politicians insight!
The trip really opened our minds to future careers and opportunities. it was an incredible experience we’ll never forget!
On Friday 7th June, year 9 at Bishops’ Hatfield Girls’ School had a whole day off timetable, dedicated to finding about options after GCSEs and potential job options.
There were many interactive activities arranged for us throughout the day. One of these was taking a test brought by Computacenter UK. Through this test we were able to see which jobs we may be interested in based on our personality. I found this interesting because I learned about jobs I hadn’t heard of or considered to be an option in the future.
As we are about to start our GCSEs, our options after GCSEs are important to know about. We heard about the benefits and the different work we would do at either college, sixth form or in an apprenticeship.
Another topic the day focused on was work experience. As in year 10 we will do work experience, we thought about the places we could work and why work experience is important. We learned how work experience helps us to develop key skills needed in a job, such as problem solving and time management.
We also were able to learn about the etiquette that should be used in job interviews as well as how to write a CV. This was an engaging topic because whilst we learn in school about the qualifications we need to get a job, we rarely are taught how to present ourselves to future employers
This day was beneficial to me because soon I will have to consider career options and the education I want after I take my GCSEs. I enjoyed the way the day was set out as we didn’t have to listen to a person speak about our futures for the whole day and were involved in activities. I think all schools should have a day similar to this where students can reflect on what they want to do in the future.
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