Helping students find a perfect career match

Mortimer Community College pupils talk to Communication Workers Union officials Miranda Stephenson and Joanne Shaftoe, during a careers day organised by Business in the Community
Mortimer Community College pupils talk to Communication Workers Union officials Miranda Stephenson and Joanne Shaftoe, during a careers day organised by Business in the Community

SOUTH Tyneside students turned the tables on potential employers – to help find a perfect career match.

Year 9 learners at Mortimer Community College took part in a speed dating-style careers day, but they were the ones asking the questions during a series of fast-paced interviews.

Representatives from firms such as BT, Carillion, Tyne and Wear Museums, Accenture and Tesco were on hand to help the youngsters on an important step in shaping their future career plans.

Mortimer Community College teacher Lynne Jobling, who helped to organise the event, said: “We worked with an organisation called Business in the Community, which has helped us improve our links with businesses and get them involved in the career day.

“It couldn’t have gone better – the whole day was absolutely fabulous.

“The students all had six minutes to speak to each company and this helps their communication and social skills as well.

“We chose the Year 9 group as they will be deciding on their GCSE options soon.

“We wanted to give them a broad idea of the careers that are available – they were all really engaged with the day.

“We are hoping to do another event in the near future with Year 10 students.”