MyBigCareer’s relationship with Parkside Community School, Chesterfield, began in 2014 when the charity’s founder Deborah Streatfield spoke at a forum at the school. This led to Headteacher Mrs. Kam Grewal-Joy inviting MyBigCareer back to run one-to-one interviews and mentoring with the students.
We were delighted to be invited back again in March 2016 to carry out one-to-one interviews with the school’s 80 Year 9 students as they prepared to choose their Key Stage 4 options. Chesterfield’s main industries are construction and hospitality and Parkside has some links with local employers, but had asked for MyBigCareer’s support in providing tailored one-to-one guidance. The Head of Employability and Guidance is also the full-time Lead Teacher of Technology.
Five of our volunteer Careers Advisers travelled from London and Cambridge to visit the school over three days, and found the experience both enjoyable and rewarding. In many cases the advisers found themselves focussed on raising aspirations, with many students not having thought beyond the likelihood of going to the local college once they turned 16. Others had a much clearer idea, however, with one student writing: “When I leave Parkside I want to be a Police Officer and earn money for my parents to keep them safe when they are older.”
Mr. Phill Holmes, Lead Teacher of Technology, said:
“I have been really impressed with the feedback and the level of service your advisers have offered our students. Your advisers have been professional and informative and the students have engaged well.
The advice and guidance will without doubt help the students make the correct KS4 option choices and help guide them in their future career pathways.
I look forward to continuing to work with My Big Career in the future.
Many thanks for your help and support from myself and the students at Parkside Community School.”