Posted on 04/12/2017

Career Speed Networking 2017

On Thursday 23rd November 60 professionals from a range of industries visited FBS to speak to our Y9 boys. Boys asked a range of questions to find out more about the wide range of careers.

The boys chose from these three questions and made notes:
If I wanted to be a ….(your career)….. what experience and training would I need?
We want the boys to begin to imagine their possible futures and if they need to start thinking about preparing sooner rather than later. We also want them to think about the skills required, regardless of when you start.

At what point did you decide that you wanted to be/do what you are at present?
Some of us have a clear idea from early on and others have a more winding path. Others of us just fall into what we are doing or choose it because it gives us freedom to do other things. Please explain what event or thought process led to your current situation.

What do you do in a typical week?
Apparently doctors don’t spend all day doing open heart surgery and some policeman do paper work too! Give the boys an insight into the highs and lows of your job so that they realise that they will need a range of skills and also should do some research into whatever areas they are interested in.

A parent guest writes:
Dear Mr Maddison,
Thank you very much for having me as a part of your incredible aspirations event. Much like Mr Ebenezer, my careers afternoon consisted of a short talk during which they handed us all a University application form. I was never given options and always resented it. What you organised for those boys is just superb and it will just get better and better as the years go on. Well done for organising such a superb event. I must also say that although all of the boys were wonderful, there was one or two who made my jaw hit the table. Their questions were both insightful and very advanced for their age. I was so impressed.
I thought I would also give you some feedback on how I found that the conversations went as this will hopefully be helpful.

It became very quickly apparent that while some had a vague idea what a barrister was, most didn’t. So instead of the questions in the booklet I had to spend a chunk of our time together explaining what a barrister was. I imagine that quite a few had to explain their profession from scratch.

One of the boys asked me which subjects would be important to concentrate on at school and have under their belt if they wanted to go into law, which I thought was an excellent question to ask. As a result of that question it then prompted me to tell them that rather than the higher education qualifications that they would need if we didn’t have much time left as that is more relevant to them at their age. I also explained to them off the back of that question that they should make sure that they get themselves work experience (called mini pupillage’s) whilst at school, as potential Chambers would look at what work experience they had completed and how relevant it was. Also the importance of being part of debating clubs and the like. I thought that it was a useful thing for them to know at this stage, the types of subjects and activities that they can focus on to build towards their career.

One of my favourite moments from the afternoon was when one boy, who had said that he wasn’t interested in a career in law, was fascinated by the job that I was describing, and when the bell went to move chairs he was disappointed as he wanted to hear more. I asked him if I had sparked a new interest in him and he said yes, he was really interested now. That was a great moment! That is exactly what the afternoon was all about, sparking interests that perhaps weren’t there before.

Again, thank you so much for such a great afternoon. I was so impressed!
Best wishes


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