25th February 2020 — Surgeons, engineers, lawyers, journalists, architects and a whole range of other professionals gave their time to talk about their work. Pupils aged 11 to 18 and their parents had over 150 stalls to choose from at the fair. Many were staffed by St Benedict’s parents and alumni, as well as representatives from various companies and organisations. These including Prince Evans Solicitors, University of Oxford, the BBC, St Thomas’ Hospital and Allied Irish Bank.
In addition to the stalls, there were seven speaker sessions covering careers-related subjects such as interview techniques, the move from full time study to the world of work, alternative routes (including apprenticeships), and careers in STEAM and the arts. The Careers Fair closed with keynote speaker Tim Woollias, Senior Industry Head Google, who talked about his own career path. Many jobs at Google, he said, use a range of skills, such as the art of persuasion, the ability to form an argument, teamwork and creative thinking, and a degree in computer science is not always required.
Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “Our biennial Careers Fair is the largest single event that the school undertakes, and is driven by the need to inspire pupils to use their unique talents as positively and powerfully as possible in the workplace and the wider world. We were delighted to welcome pupils from our partnership schools – Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith, Cardinal Wiseman and St Augustine’s Priory.”