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“It’s the best careers fair I’ve ever attended - there are so many options for pupils to consider” Hannah Pike, Student Recruitment Manager, The University of Law  

On Thursday 22 February, The Abbey once again staged a hugely successful Careers and Higher Education Convention, welcoming more than 800 pupils, siblings and parents on the night, including students from our partner school, Brakenhale. Held on a biennial basis, the event provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils aged 14 to 18 to begin thinking about next steps, be it GCSE and A Level subject choices, university courses or possible career paths.

This year’s event was supported by almost 30 universities and 45 organisations, from small start-ups to major FTSE 100 organisations, all of whom answered the many questions put to them by interested girls and their families. From architecture, design and retail to finance, law and medicine, students had the opportunity to find out about a vast range of industries and the many and varied jobs available. It was a particular pleasure to welcome more than 30 of our Abbey alumnae back to School as advisors, who offered the students a real insight into life beyond The Abbey.

Agnes Gibson, Alumnae Relations Manager, said: “The Alumnae presence has really grown in the last three years. We are always so impressed by the willingness of our Alumnae to participate. It’s important to show the broad range of careers they go into, including the traditional routes as well as jobs in the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The pupils really enjoy talking to former girls and seeing what they have gone on to do.”

In addition to the advisor stands there was also a series of well-attended talks in the lecture theatre, which covered topics including  ‘A future in Medicine’ and ‘A future in Science and Engineering’ to ‘Making a difference (as well as a living), and ‘Don’t worry if you haven’t decided yet…’.

One parent commented: “I wanted to say how good the Careers Fair was last night. It has certainly helped my daughter in her decision making.” She added that she was impressed by the range of employers in attendance: “I think this demonstrates that you have great relationships with employers and are greatly respected by them.” Many other parents also commented on how engaging the employers and university advisors were with the students, offering a great deal of reassurance to girls who were still deciding on their future.

Thank you to all who contributed to making the event such a success, including our wonderful advisors, speakers and Sixth Form helpers. We hope that all who attended found it to be an insightful and informative evening.

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