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Canford Careers Symposium 2019

Published Wednesday 27th of March 2019 11:38:25 AM

The theme of this year’s Careers Symposium, held on Friday 22nd March, was 'Create Your Own Path' which tied in with an overarching aim across the school to help pupils develop their interpersonal and communication skills, in both an academic and business context. Now in its 16th year, the annual Symposium offers pupils in the Lower Sixth the opportunity to start preparing for their life after Canford, explore career pathways and entry into the world of work. Over 70 volunteers from the Canford Community, alumni and parents, representing a vast number of industries, shared their skills and personal experiences and were able to advise, guide and inform about their own working lives. Lower Sixth pupils were asked to consider what their real passions are and what they enjoy to assist them in pursuing their interests and an eventual career. The pre-lunch workshop entitled ‘Networking for your Dream Career’, facilitated by parents Simon Phillips and Anna Herrington, helped them explore how they might best present themselves in person and through different media, to reflect these interests and helped them prepare themselves for the 1-2-1 networking session later in the day. Michael Doherty, Head of Careers, commented: “There are an increasing number of different higher education and career options open to our pupils when they leave Canford, and we are fortunate that they are able to draw on the experiences of so many former pupils and parents. This Symposium is an important part of our Careers Guidance provision for our Lower Sixth as they start considering their future plans and we are very grateful for all those who took time out of their busy schedules to support it.” Rowena Gaston, Development Director, commented: “Thank you to all those who generously gave their time, to the Old Canfordian Society which has helped support this year’s Symposium and to Amanda Seabrook (C92), our OC Committee Careers Representative, for all their suggestions and ideas. We will be encouraging all those who attended to build relationships further through our new portal Canford Global Connect https://canfordglobalconnect.com/ which enables OCs and parents to network and connect online.” For more information about the school’s Careers initiatives, please visit www.canford.com/Careers
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