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Careers Advice at Yarm

Providing careers advice is crucial in helping to shape pupils' future directions. Whilst immersed in the day to day of school life it is vital that pupils consider their next steps. For many this will be university, apprenticeships or employment.

The landscape is shifting, with more and varied alternatives in terms of pathways and professions, so information and guidance is critical.

Benefits of current pupils hearing from Alumni

Former pupils can play a significant role offering this information, advice and guidance. Knowing of and seeing others from Yarm that have carved out their futures can inspire and motivate, it can show what is possible, and it provides a means to give back and help shape the next generation as they navigate their way to future careers.

Many attest to the power of mentors, from seeing yourself in others, and knowing that exciting dreams can become realities through focus, effort and engagement. 

Ways to Help

There are many ways in which alumni can get involved with assisting current pupils with their futures. Former pupils often return to Yarm to give a talk or lecture on their area of expertise or profession. This can be to a crowded lecture theatre one evening, or to a small gathered group in a classroom one lunchtime.

Former pupils have also given generously of their time at our career events, ranging from Career Cluster evenings focused around an area of careers, through to our biennial Career Convention, an occasion open to pupils from across the region.

Former pupils have also been involved in our Upper Sixth Mock Interview programme, an evening event when all pupils are offered a bespoke interview in their chosen field of study or training. And there is also great value in pupils being connected to an individual former pupil for a brief, informational meeting offering advice and guidance.

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