Following in-school careers events with KPMG, PwC, Kings College London and Dentsu Aegis PR company, November has kept up the emphasis on career learning this Autumn term. This week pupils attended a Creative Careers Week event organised by Screen Skills UK and hosted by our neighbours 3 Mills Studios (see photos). Pupils heard from a panel of professionals working in the film industry about their work on major movies such as Isle of Dogs and Fantastic Mr Fox and how they became producers, animators, puppeteers and camera operators. The afternoon finished with a behind the scenes tour of the Masterchef studio.

Earlier this month all of year 11 and 12, as well as pupils currently gaining additional support in our internal inclusion unit, attended Skills London at ExCel. This annual career fair is a regular on the school calendar and is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds. Pupils visited stalls and talks by over 200 organisations in the areas of Business and finance; Campus, education and training; Careers and enterprise zone; Construction village; Creative, hospitality, retail and leisure; Public services, health and care; Science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

 Last week Head of Careers, Mr Smith met with Atul Agarwal who is an Ecommerce expert at Vodafone UK and our dedicated Enterprise Advisor. Atul is volunteering his time to work with ELSS pupils through the East London Business Alliance network organised by the Mayor’s office. Atul has lots of ideas on how he can support pupil’s career development and we look forward to involving Vodafone in various activities throughout the year.

Parents/Guardians of year 10 pupils will receive a letter next week explaining the process to follow for organising work experience placements. Placements can take place at any point during year 10 but must be authorised in advance. Work Experience is crucial for giving pupils an insight into the world of work and being able to reflect on the experience will form a significant part of applications to sixth form colleges and universities.

At sixth form those pupils who have not already submitted their UCAS application for entry to university in September 2020 will be doing so by the end of November.

You can follow the Careers Department on Twitter @ELSS_Careers or email jason.smith@eastlondonscienceschool.co.uk