Around 2000 students and young people from Peterborough, Fenland, Norfolk and Huntingdon enjoyed the sunshine and the festival atmosphere at this year’s Careers Festival, seeking inspiration for their futures from over 120 exhibitors.
The Careers Festival marked the end of Mission Possible Week, a week of activities designed to raise the aspirations of young people and showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer, both locally and beyond. Amber Gell, a Rocket Scientist working for NASA, flew over from Houston to support the week and met with groups of students at the Careers Festival in a mobile planetarium.
Jessica Bainbridge from King’s Lynn Academy was fortunate to attend one of Amber’s presentations during the week and said afterwards, “I found the presentation extremely interesting and inspiring. It was very interesting to find out what Amber had done to make a career out of science and it made me realise there are lots of options when choosing a career in Science.”
Exhibitors at the Careers Festival were encouraged to bring along demonstrations and ‘Have a Go’ activities to help engage visitors. Highlights included a Force India Formula 1 car on the Codem Composites stand, making watermelon pizzas with City College Peterborough, game programming with CityLAN, building a personalised brick wall on one of New College Stamford’s stands and baby CPR with the NHS.
In addition to a wide range of exhibition stands, there was also a drop-in CV bootcamp running in the Refectory throughout the day and a seminar programme covering subjects such as careers in the creative and sports industries, apprenticeships and preparing for university life.
The main stage was rocking with music acts PRC Music, Breathe Deep, Infinity Synth Orchestra and Ben Murphy, and a variety of on-site food concessions completed the festival theme.
Feedback from exhibitors has been fantastic, including:
Nikki Fido from Positive Outcomes commented that it was “A vibrant and exciting event with a lovely buzz surrounding the whole day. Both activities that we ran were popular with a great uptake, all of which created the opportunity to interact with students and attendees. A fantastic day which was well run and well attended.”
Rebecca Willis of the University of Lincoln agreed: “I thought that the venue was great and created a wonderful festival atmosphere, quite unlike most of the careers events which we attend! There was certainly a buzz and a huge range of stands which seemed very engaging to the students.”
Chief Petty Officer, R P Gray, of the Royal Navy, said: “For us as Royal Navy recruiters it was invaluable to get so many youngsters in one place, this is by far the highlight of our outreach for the year and we would love to attend next year.”
Feedback from schools has also been extremely positive. Springwood High School brought a cohort of 300 students and teacher Tom Callow said “Many thanks and congratulations on such a fantastic event. The kids were so positive about everything they saw.”