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The final Careers Talks of the academic year was on Thursday 21 March at Frome College. Over the year, students have had 3 events arranged to attend talks of their choice, with 50 guest speakers representing different areas and giving up their time to allow our 1,100 students an insight into their company and career path.

This event hosted 16 speakers from a wide variety of companies. The most popularly selected talk to attend was Clinical Psychology in the Merlin Theatre. Maggs Cariss from Oxford Health NHS Trust gave 138 students a fascinating insight into what it is like working as a clinical psychologist and the career path to become one.

The various career paths in science were explained by Dr Filipa Vance discussing "Why science? Where can it take me? My career started as a Microbiologist. My new role as an executive officer and project manager working on research strategy at the University of Bath.” Science was represented well at the talks with former student Professor Jody Mason from the University Department of Biology and Biochemistry, giving a presentation entitled “To Frome College and back again: My life in Biochemistry and what a Biochemistry Degree entails.” 

All levels of maths related careers were represented. Andrew Palmer from Meridian Financial Services, told students about opportunities across finance in non-advisory roles, which included; compliance, audit and administration. Mary Darville described all the different roles with in an accounts office –how staff are responsible for making sure that all spending is within budget, managing orders, logging spending and income. She explained what an exciting and varied role it can be and dispelled the myth that you need high-level mathematical skills, but good numeracy, strong planning, and the ability to pay careful attention to detail.

Finlay Mills from Inspiring the Future gave our students an introduction to apprenticeships, including higher and degree level. He covered the range of apprenticeships, apprenticeship levels and what they mean, latest apprenticeship opportunities, and where to find out more information. He was joined by a young man doing an apprenticeship, and the audience appreciated hearing the experiences of someone not much older than themselves. Vivienne Whittaker from Frome Town Council discussed the various roles in the charity sector, from her experiences working with the Salvation Army.

We are extremely grateful to former plumber, Matt Hopkins, and now a plumbing lecturer at Wiltshire College, who gave students an insight into the type of work in this field from bathrooms to installing heating, the variety of skills needed and how to run your own business.  Having previously arranged 2 plumbers to talk to students who did not materialise on the day, students were delighted to gain an insight into this career.

Minerals Extraction was a new career to most students. Former Frome College student Adrian Schreiber-Green from Wainwright Quarry explained that after leaving school at 16, he has only ever worked in the minerals extraction Industry; however, he has been involved in such a varied career including the technical aspects of the business, production and general management.

One of our parents attended to give 105 students a fascinating insight into a career as a commercial pilot. Students were enthralled by the video of the plane landing and a Head of House described the talk as ‘outstanding.’
Still on the theme of careers in transportation, Jason Black, Director at Mendip Rail, described roles within the railway industry, such as engineering, locomotive wagons and track management, as well as areas which are highly transferrable to many industries such as; customer service, finance, human resources and project planning.

Connor Construction discussed the many careers within the road construction industry, which make our roads, runways and motorways safer. They described how they look for such varied qualities in their personnel such as, hands-on people, aspiring globetrotters, strategic-thinkers, creative and mechanically minded, mathematicians or even natural teachers. 

Cricket Coach Matthew Nielsen, spoke about the qualities needed and career paths available in sports coaching. Mike Skillman gave a passionate insight into a career in electronics "from tea boy to multi-departmental manager. How it led me into an apprenticeship, a job as a radio and TV repairer and a career as a civilian engineer for the Army.”

A special mention must be made to Jon White from a local NHS service, who stepped in at the last minute to talk about Mental Health Nursing, after an arranged guest became ill; he averted the disappointment of 124 students who were keenly anticipating hearing about this career! Our huge gratitude goes to all of our guests for their time and the effort they put into preparing their career presentations for the benefit of our students.

Frome College is always extremely grateful to any businesses or parents who can spare a little time to help our students understand the different career paths they could pursue.  If you would like to provide this experience to our young people, please email Louise Friend via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we are also looking for business people to help provide our Year 10 students with a mock interview.

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