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The second Careers Talks of the academic year was held on 13 February at Frome College, with 16 different speakers talking simoltaniously. Students could choose which talk they would like to attend; which either closely matched their career aspirations or an area of business with which they were unfamiliar, to broaden their horizons regarding the job market.

The most popularly attended talk was ‘Becoming a Content Producer’ - 159 students attended in the Merlin Theatre and heard about making a career in a freelance world and how making stories and content is a huge business area. After 18 years making television programmes and latterly You Tube content, Martin Hughes from Solent University explained the ins and outs of a freelance media career, with plenty of tips and tricks on how to succeed in this industry.

Other talks included; Student Finance - extremely useful  for Year 13 students about to go off to university, Cricket Coaching, Nursery Practitioner by Wyvern Nursery, Legal careers were discussed by Neil Howlett from Harris & Harris Solicitors, and land based careers were covered by Lackham College. Dawn Denton talked about being a professional Business Trainer, and how you can empower people to be the best they can in their positions, personally and professionally.

Lestyn Thomas inspired students on how they could make a difference working in the charity sector and specifically the charity ChallengeAid;  which helps promote health and fitness throughout the UK by sponsored exercise, in order to fund the creation of Schools of Hope in Africa, which offer education for aspirational young slum dwellers. Andrew Palmer from Meridian Financial Services explained to students what a Financial Adviser does and why it is an excellent career choice.  The skills needed for the role and opportunities available were covered as well as other roles within Financial Services.

The Applied Science and Engineering talk was selected by 98 students and highlighted career paths they could follow from studying science, technology engineering and maths subjects. It discussed how science can be used to enhance our world, and examine some of the challenges in health care, the environment and sustainability that the younger generation will need to solve.

Candlelight Homecare Services informed students about “What you didn’t know about care work” Lorna Kent covered her career path and how she ended up in becoming a registered manager, the opportunities care work can present, as well as how rewarding it can be for the employee and the individual. Moving from people to caring for animals Sian Naylor from Garston Vets enthralled students explaining “A Career as a Veterinary Surgeon- All the different roles there are as a vet and veterinary nurse.”

Managing Director of Marston Foods, Sarah Green attracted 104 students, who wanted to find out what goes on behind the scenes getting a fantastic dessert to appear on the supermarket shelves, and all the different roles available in the food industry. Vivienne Whitaker from Frome Town Council educated students on marketing, the variety of marketing activities and roles. Jamie Curd from Fusion Sports Centre gave a very inspirational talk about “Career Gains – Finding Your Feet in Fitness” and how anybody could achieve- being a superhero or a certain shape is not required.

Detective Chief Inspector Dickon Turner, who is in charge of teams managing young offenders, and dangerous sex offenders across Avon and Somerset Constabulary gave students a fascinating insight into his role and his previous roles in Counter-Terrorism & Child-Protection. Students enjoyed pieces of police kit being passed round, though the DCI felt it prudent to draw the line at passing around his mace. 

Students at Frome College are privileged to have an employability programme which provides such an extensive breadth of insight into different careers, the College would like to extend a large thank you to all the company guests who gave up their time to give 1,100 students an understanding of their career paths, companies and employment opportunities available.

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