School careers day boosts students’ job prospects


STUDENTS at a Lancing school spent Monday boosting their chances of finding a job when they leave school.

Pupils of all ages at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy were taught the tricks of the trade when it comes to interviews, writing CVs, applying for jobs, and what subjects to choose.

Years 7 and 8 focused on learning workplace skills such as team building and co-operation, while Year-9 students worked on deciding which options to take for their GCSEs and how they link in to different careers.

Year-10 students investigated different jobs using the ‘Kudos’ career-finding software.

Employers including Barclays Bank, Ricardo Engineering and companies from Lancing Business Park held mock interview sessions and give students feedback on their performances.

Assistant head Mark Fox said the day was a great success.

“It was nice to have an opportunity for the students to have an interview with someone who’s not a teacher,” said Mr Fox.

He said that the first time many people experienced an interview was when they applied for their first job, and the school was aiming to help students avoid making mistakes and to answer common interview questions.

“It’s good for them to go through the process and get feedback from the employer on how the interview went,” said Mr Fox.

“As an academy we are trying to build strong links with employers in the community so that when job opportunities come up in the future there is already that link.”