On Wednesday 28th September, Year 11 travelled to the Manchester United Stadium in Old Trafford to take part in the Manchester Careers Fair. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about what paths would be available to us after we finished sixth form or college.
Once we arrived, we got started talking to the people who were manning various stalls which represented different universities- these included Imperial College, Durham University and other universities which we may not have heard about before the fair, such as Aberystwyth University and the University of Lincoln. It was extremely interesting to hear more about the courses they offered, and the types of things we would learn.
I am interested in studying Engineering when I leave school, which is a popular choice for many people and is a highly competitive course in almost all universities, so for me it will be much easier to find universities to apply to that offer this course. However, for some people I know, it was much harder to find universities that offered the course of their choice- for example, courses such as Zoology and Veterinary Sciences were harder to come by in the stalls that weren’t run by Russell Group universities. This showed exactly how useful that the morning was!
Other stalls that were being run were advertising apprenticeships for both post-16 and post-18 opportunities, such as the Police force. There were also many presentations taking place at the time about topics such as student finance and apprenticeships. Another thing that we got from the day (apart from knowledge about the options available to us later in life) was the free stuff that we managed to get from the stalls. Some of us turned into tote bag collectors (someone I know managed to get around twelve) and most of us were weighed down by prospectus’ which gave us more information about the courses offered. We were also given some lanyards, lip balms and chocolate bars, which were probably there to entice us into talking to the representatives.
All in all, it was a great morning which was both fun and informative. Everyone who attended had a great time and if we got the chance, I am sure we would all do it again. Thank you to Mrs Gillibrand, Mr Davenport and everyone else who helped to run and organise the event!
Written by Charley W, Y11
AGGS MEDIA TEAM