Children put Recorder reporter in hot seat at careers fair
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:56 27 July 2015
A banker, a fashion designer, landscape gardener and a magician were all on hand to share their careers advice with youngsters at a school event.
Year 5 pupils at Cleveland Junior School in Dudley Road, Ilford, had the chance to quiz workers from a range of professions – including Recorder reporter Laura Burnip.
Questions ranged from who inspired them and what was hard about their job to what personal qualities did they need to do it and what did they have on their CVs.
Shanzay Dar, 10, from Ilford Lane, said: “I really enjoyed the day because we got to find out about new jobs we had never heard of.”
And Amna Taj, also 10 and from Ilford Lane, said: “I was inspired a lot – I never knew that jobs were actually exciting, I thought they were stressful.”
The event was the first time the school had organised the event, with children encouraged to come up with their own questions for the professionals.
Reporter Laura, 26, said: “I was really honoured when the school invited me to come along and share my experiences with the children.
“They asked some great questions about what our job at the Recorder involves and I hope they went away feeling inspired about the kind of careers they could end up doing when they grow up.
“There are so many opportunities now for young people – my advice was to try out as many things as they can and take advantage of the opportunities they get through school.
“I hope the children realised jobs don’t have to be boring and can actually be a lot of fun and very rewarding.”
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