Career WorkOut at Oakgrove School 13.1.16

58 Year 9 students (13-14 year olds) and 14 work guests attended.

53 students completed questionnaires before and after the session showing:

  • 17% increase in ‘I am confident making choices about my future work options’
  • 5% increase in ‘I have the employability skills I need to do well in work’
  • 4% increase in ‘I am confident talking to adults I don’t know’.

One student after the session said ‘I enjoyed learning about different jobs and what people enjoy about those jobs’.  Another said ‘I learnt about what qualifications are needed for different jobs’.  Another commented ‘I learnt that having good social skills are key to any job’.

14 guests completed questionnaires after the session showing:

  • 11 strongly agreed and 3 agreed ‘I enjoyed the session’
  • 8 strongly agreed and 6 agreed ‘I felt valued’
  •  7 agreed and 7 strongly agreed ‘I feel more positive about my work’.

Tony Sayer of The Open University said ‘The pupils were genuinely interested in finding about my role’.  PC Gill Culley of Thames Valley Police said ‘Excellent group.  Very mature and great questions’.  Jan Flawn of PJ Care said ‘I really enjoyed the very positive attitude of the students’.

An Oakgrove School teacher commented ‘It was good to see such a wide range of jobs available for the students to ask questions about’.

Pictured during the session is Tony Sayer, The Open University

(The student results above are generated by totaling their responses to given statements on a scale from 1-10.)