Throughout their time at Blackheath High School, students benefit from high quality careers events. These are designed to broaden their knowledge, inspire students to understand they can follow any career path they wish; challenging their preconceptions of the world of work.
Key to the success of our careers events are the close links with business professionals that we have fostered. Over the past few years students have been fortunate enough to meet representatives from STEM related industries, as well as PR gurus, actors, corporate executives and lawyers to name but a few of the network of helpers who have made Blackheath careers events so helpful.
For example, in March we hosted an invite-only Women in Leadership conference for our students, specifically designed to promote and develop the skills necessary for young women to access leadership roles, in whatever context. It was purposefully situated in National Careers Week as it is part of the Blackheath High School Careers Programme which aims to help foster a culture of aspiration and determination amongst students. Our speakers included: a journalist, a former editor and director of a charity, a former reality TV star who is currently blazing a trail for feminism and humanitarianism, a novelist, a businesswoman and leader of an award-winning PR company, a communications-skills expert, a director of an investment management company, the London Ambassador for the English Speaking Union and the Head of Digital Empowerment at Deloitte UK.
Throughout the day, there was a series of break-out sessions led by visiting speakers where the students were able to focus on specific areas/specialisms, ask questions and develop their confidence whilst improving their knowledge and understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader in the 21st century.
In addition to participating in events within school, students are also encouraged to gain invaluable work experience within the wider world. In Year 9, students take part in the “Take Your Daughter to Work” event, and in Year 11 all students complete a period of work experience during the summer term.
The Careers department was recently awarded the “Career Mark Award” for providing excellence in career provision.