A dog groomer and a charity worker walk into a school
As much as this may sound like the line of a joke, it is true. You will have seen from previous blog posts and updates on social media that I am running a Careers Awareness Day at Linchfield Community Primary School on Wednesday 1st March for the Year 6 students, those aged 10 and 11 years old.
My idea behind the event is to introduce students to the wider world of work, while many will dream of becoming footballers or celebrities; we all know this is only the case for a small amount of people. Whereas, other children may have parents and even grandparents that have never worked before and it is presumed they will do the same thing because it is the ‘norm’.
Well I for one don’t feel that should be the case and I am certainly not alone. I feel that every child should have the same opportunities available to them, but they need to be aware of the different career opportunities out there so they can start the passion burning for their futures.
As I said, I am not alone on this thought process, because I am taking 15 business people to the school with me. In this article I would like to tell you why two of these business people decided to put their names down for this event;
Libby is a dog groomer and owns Smart Paws; this is why she wants to come to the event:
"After many years as a care worker working with mental health, homeless people and ex prisoners I took on the challenge of a very big career change firstly to work with my passion; animals. Since leaving school I have always wanted to be self employed but never had the time or opportunity.
Due to my working life and experiences I feel I can offer valuable advice and information on the challenges of self employment to these school children on their career day and also the challenges of working with animals!"
Cheyenne of Sue Ryder has different reasons for coming to the event; here is what she has to say:
"I am a Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. I am coming along because Fundraising is not a career many of the children will have considered but it is a great creative job with lots of scope for development. It's a lovely opportunity to meet local school children and engage with our community in a different way so I'm really looking forward to it."
If you would like to be involved in a project like this in the future then please contact me, I would be more than happy to have you on board, although we are now fully booked for this event.