Did you know what you wanted to do when you left school? When I was at school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. My dream was to get a job and buy a Ford Capri! Leaving school at the grand age of 16, I was successful in getting a job in the City of London for Williams and Glyns Bank. What a young age! My parents were so proud: “A good steady job!” If only I had stuck at it I could have been one of those Bank Executives receiving millions of pounds in bonus. Forget about the Ford Capri, bring on the Porsche!
For me the career change came by chance. I applied, through the bank, to join a social programme they sponsored to undertake social work in the USA. I was then an elderly 19 years of age. The memo that went around looked so attractive, working in the USA for three months: “Fantastic, I could visit Disney World”. Bags packed (by mother! Which is another story) I boarded the Freddie Laker Plane and flew off to what became the catalyst for a career change. Working with five year olds in a deprived area ofWashingtonDCwas the chance event that guided me to a future working in education. Who needs a Porsche? A Fiat does the job just as well.
Children growing up today will most likely experience a number of career opportunities and chances. These days we are more aware of the need to open children’s minds to the range of opportunities they could have. Getting a job for an eleven year old may seem a distant dream: “Ok mum I know you started work at 13, but those days were different”. I digress! Anyway, next week all our Year 6 pupils will visitHuntingtonSecondary Schoolto take part in an aspiration fair. There will be displays and representatives from a broad number of career opportunities: Science, Industry, Media, Services, ICT and many more. We hope that children will start to think about their future, to have an aspiration that will be the start of a journey towards adulthood. We also hope that it will enable them to gain a real understanding of the purpose school and education has in helping them fulfil that dream. At least I know they won’t be dreaming of owning a Ford Capri!
Headteacher and Executive (Ha-ha I made it!) Board Member of theEborTeachingSchoolAlliance!