Employability skills were the focus of the Fourth Year Bright Futures Day on Thursday. In the morning, students worked with activity specialists WiseUp, to solve some entertaining challenges on the sport pitch. Very quickly, girls saw the relevance of good communication, planning and team work. The weather – damp, but not torrential – gave the instructors an excellent illustration of the need for resilience! The students, and the staff who came to support them, impressed us all by maintaining their enthusiasm throughout. The Spirit of Godolphin indeed.
In the afternoon, we had 39 visitors to the Bright Futures Fair. Representing a wide range of career areas, as well as five universities and four volunteering specialists, the event filled the PAC, with stands and banners making an impressive show for the Third, Fourth Years and Lower Sixth students. Approaching strangers to discuss ideas for the future can be a challenge for students in their mid-teens, but it was a delight to the girls developing confidence and growing in their understanding of the many great opportunities that await them. It was equally gratifying to hear our visitors comment on how well-prepared/interested and engaged our students were, and a number of offers of work experience and internships were made. It is these sorts of links with organisations, universities and employers that we hope will help out students to see the relevance of the employability skills they learn and develop everyday.
We are especially grateful to the parents who took part, and alumnae who returned to represent their areas of work.
See photographs from the day here.
Bethan Ferguson, Head of Bright Futures Programme