Careers Expo for everyone

A range of career options, study providers and employers will be on offer at the Community Careers Expo, similar to the Get Ahead Day held at the Don Rowlands Centre in 2016 (pictured).

Students and adults thinking about their future will have a huge range of options to consider at a free community event planned for next month.

The Cambridge Community Careers Expo will see over 40 exhibitors from around the country share what they have to offer for those looking to pursue a new career, or even better themselves in their current one.

Gathering in the Alf Walsh Lounge at the Cambridge Racecourse on Wednesday, August 8, 2.30pm – 8pm, tertiary providers, employers, armed forces, and industry training organisations will provide plenty of opportunities to find out more about job and training opportunities for all ages, free of charge.

“We want anybody and everybody to come,” said Keith Robinson, Head of Careers, Pathway and Gateway at Cambridge High School. “The aim is basically to let students and the wider community know of all of the providers that are actually out there, to give them an awareness of what the opportunities are, and so they can have face-to-face contact with a provider.”

Keith, who retired at the end of term last week after 29 years with the school, has organised a community careers expo every other year, for many years.

“Now working in with the Cambridge schools Community of Learning that’s starting to develop, and with the expo coming up this year, we thought it made sense for the two schools to come together,” Keith explained.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by both Cambridge High School and St Peter’s School, and open to all members of the public. “We just want the community to rock on up!” said Barbara Read, Head of Careers at St Peter’s School. “We’d love for people to take the opportunity (to attend) … and for it to make a positive difference for somebody.”

The huge range of exhibitors cover all sorts of industries and providers, with a number of universities and technology institutes, career consultancy organisations, and all sorts of training organisations, from animation and agriculture to deep sea diving and aviation.

The pair said the best advice for those thinking about exploring a new career would be to, “Be prepared to look around, look at all the options that are available … and network, the more people you can talk to the better,” said Keith.

“Talk to people who know about what you’d like to do and ask them questions” Barbara added. “And to find that you’ve got to go and try out a few new things.”

The expo is still open for exhibitors to sign up. To find out more contact the careers department at Cambridge High School on 827 5415, ext 843.

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