Preparation for life beyond school is integral to an education at St Joseph’s College, where staff are passionate about helping students find their way into happy and fulfilling careers. Concerned about the particular challenges likely to face female students, the College inaugurated an Empowering and Inspiring Women in the Workplace event, open to young women studying at the College and other local schools.
The day was led by Kelly Snook, 1990s’ popstar and present-day business leader in the world of media. She was supported by four other speakers: Lyndsie Goodwin, CFO for East of England Co-op; Nicola Booth, Buildings Services Engineer with design and property consultants, Concertus; Claire Cherrington, HR Director at London law firm, Bates Wells; and Vicky Hicks, Senior Manager within IT Services at BT.
Students took part in a carousel of five workshops led by the speakers, in which they were coached on a range of skills, including presenting, CV writing and maintaining personal integrity in one’s working life.
The event was a great success and St Joseph’s intends to repeat it and hold similar workshops in the future. These will be added to a busy calendar, which next features the popular annual Careers Fair, when again the school will be indebted to representatives of local and national firms for helping to open up the world of employment opportunities to its girls and boys.
Mrs Clarke, Principal of St Joseph’s College, said, ‘We believe the wide variety of enriching experiences the school offers helps students navigate the major milestones in their educational journey. We offer a seamless flow from Nursery right through to Upper Sixth and a Futures Coordinator to help young people distil their aspirations into workable plans.
‘All our staff are invested in successful outcomes for every student. Once a member of the St Joseph’s College family, always a member. We follow the career paths of our alumni with great pride and are delighted when they return to the school to share their experiences with current students.’