• Carol Anderson, Debt Management, HMRC, Northampton

    My colleague and I attended Walton High School for a Career WorkOut session.  There were a mixtures of careers in our group, one farmer, a hypnotherapist, a teacher, a police officer, a support worker from the homeless shelter, to name a few.  We sat with small groups of Year 8 students who, at 12 years old, are currently looking at their GCSE options.  We both found it a great way of interacting with the children whilst also promoting the Civil Service and explaining the reason behind why we all need to pay our taxes.

  • Lisa Hathway, Principal Land Quality Engineer, NHBC

    I’m proud that NHBC sponsor Worktree by promoting the work they do and by encouraging staff across the business to attend career workout sessions across schools in MK. I tend to participate on my day off and try to attend at least once a term. Not only do I find it very rewarding, but it also builds my confidence knowing that I am helping to give something back in my community.

  • Sgt Rena Galardziak, Thames Valley Police

    “By promoting the work we do in the police we want to enforce that you don’t just have to be in uniform racing around on blue lights, but there are many roles civilian and officer that cab be fulfilled. Each of the puzzle pieces making up one big organisation that works together. By planting seeds in the young people’s minds may just determine what life path they choose.”

  • Rhiann Chandhar, Network Rail

    The questions the young people asked really made me think about how far I have come to date with my career and where the future could take me.

  • Jennifer Rowlands, Post Clerk, NHBC

    This was an amazing event for my motivation.

  • Cllr Steve Hopkins, Mayor of Milton Keynes

    It was a pleasure to meet and talk with so many Year 10 students.  They asked a variety of interesting and thoughtful questions and I hope I was able to give them some ideas.

  • Kev Hickman, Musician

    I was striking a few conversations up with students about what their dream job was (as I am fortunate to do mine for a living) and I was shocked by how many of them were worried that they hadn’t decided what they wanted to do. They’re only 14/15 and seem to have a large amount of pressure on them to have a goal of what they want to get out of their lives.

  • Alan Cusdin, Head of Monitoring for Corporate & Commercial Risk, Santander

    I felt valued in my role and the session caused me to think about how much I appreciated my team and the great people I worked with every day.

  • David Stimson, Dsp-newstart Ltd

    I had the privilege of being part of Worktree’s “Career WorkOut ” today. Worktree are a fantastic organisation delivering a number of projects across the MK region designed to introduce every young person to 50 guests from the world of work, something that has proven to have a big impact on their employability.

  • Langton Wildman, Managing Director, Midas Eyewear, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes

    One of the questions I was asked was “What is the difference between employing young and more mature employees and how do I handle it”?  This was a really sensible and well thought out question which no-one has asked before.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    My mum was really curious about what Career WorkOut did.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    When I went home I talked with my mum and dad about all the different (work) opportunities. I wouldn’t normally have that sort of conversation with them.  It’s only when we do Career WorkOut.

  • Year 11 student, Oakgrove School

    My parents are a fan of Career WorkOut because they didn’t get it when they were younger.

  • Year 12 student, Oakgrove School

    If it wasn’t for Career WorkOut, I wouldn’t have seen the work opportunities you could get from doing Maths.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    I learned that even if something as horrible as getting hit by a car happens to you, you can still pick yourself up and carry on living your life.

  • Year 10 student, Oakgrove School

    Career WorkOut really inspired me to work hard because I know there are lots of jobs I don’t know about.

  • Year 12 student, Oakgrove School

    Career WorkOut made me feel I must keep pushing hard. You see these people, you realise there are a lot of people who might want to do the same thing as you.  Some people get stuff through family.  You have to find ways to get advantages.

  • Year 8 student, Oakgrove School

    After speaking to people, I realised that Maths was an important one to do at A-level, it influences a lot of types of work. It’s made me to plan on doing Maths at A-level.

  • Year 11 student, Oakgrove School

    When you make big decisions, like picking our A-level options, I was thinking I may be in trouble if I don’t know yet, but when you hear them say that you’re going to be ok, you relax a bit more. When you’re stressed you don’t think clearly.

  • Year 12 student, Oakgrove School

    At first I was thinking about doing Biology more than Physics, then I met one person in WorkOut 50 and realised there were a lot more jobs in Physics than I thought there were, so now I’m doing Physics A-level.

  • Matt Mason, Careers Coordinator, Walton High

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for visiting Walton High again today and delivering another brilliant Careers Workout to our students, we really appreciate you coming in and the feedback from the students and staff from the day has been fantastic again, so thank you for all your hard work and effort. I had virtually all new staff today, 18 on the day who hadn’t experienced Work Tree before and they were really impressed with your session.  I think the pupils engaged incredibly well today and gained an awful lot from the sessions too.

  • Karen Malone, Careers Lead, Stantonbury International School

    The range and number of guests participating was very pleasing.  I found the event to be well organised and managed by Worktree, students were participating and behaviour was good.

  • Chrisann Meij, Teacher, Walton High (Brooklands Campus)

    This gives students the opportunity to chat to members of the public in an informal setting.  They develop the skills of communication to unknown adults, personal presentation, e.g. handshakes and eye contact, and question styles.

  • Kerry Clifford, Careers & Work Experience Co-ordinator, The Bridge Academy

    I liked how the volunteer guests treated our students with complete respect and as adults. It was well run and fast moving so our students remained interested. I was apprehensive about the session as I didn’t think our students would engage well but they did and it was really fantastic – the best careers session we have had.

  • Mr Troughton, Geography Teacher, Oakgrove School

    The students were genuinely engaged throughout the session and demonstrated excellent levels of maturity and interest. I saw them develop and grow to young adulthood before my eyes!

  • Teacher, Lord Grey School

    I liked how Career WorkOut took the students out of their comfort zone.

  • Teacher, Lord Grey School

    In the Career WorkOut session I enjoyed looking at the children who I teach.  It helps me to guide them through the subject (science) to school them were it fits into the outside world.  It was good to see some of the shy ones asking and answering questions too.

  • Robin Green, Deputy Headteacher, Oakgrove School

    Parents have picked up on the value of the Career WorkOut sessions we’ve run for all students this year.  Our recent parental survey results have just come in and there has been a significant increase in parents’ rating of careers advice – up 7% on last year’s survey.

  • Ian Tett, Headteacher, Oakgrove School

    Can I just say how brilliant Career Workout 5o has been and we have had so many compliments from visitors about the students and school.

  • Tony Nelson, Headteacher, The Hazeley Academy

    Feedback from our students and staff strongly suggest that Worktree’s Career WorkOut sessions have had a dramatic positive impact on student aspirations, personal vision and drive. In over two decades in education I have not come across a more effective programme for achieving these goals across such a wide range of students for so minimal investment in terms of time and money.