Even at my advanced age, it’s great to learn from something new and different. I’m totally enjoying a brand new experience this week. I’ve had the opportunity to offer one-to-one interviews for all Year 9 pupils at Queen Mary’s High School. My harsh preconception was an elite school full of entitled clever-clogs. What a learning curve I’ve had. Every single pupil has been a delight and the exact opposite of my perceived stereotype. They are the most humble, lovely young people you could wish to meet. They have been keen to discuss career options and are comfortable doing the research required to find the the right job for them. To be honest, I’d employ the lot of them right now.
Some noticed my business badge and ended up interviewing me! These are thirteen/fourteen year olds. It’s character-building to be on the receiving end, especially when it’s done with such warmth, intelligence and humour.
The school’s organisation has been spot-on too. What an incredible learning place.
Local companies should be aware we’ve got some future Engineers, IT Technicians and Construction Managers here.
I love developing partnerships and this is my latest one.
Aldridge School Sixth Form have created an Interact Club in partnership with the Rotary Club of Walsall. It’s an initiative to provide enrichment experiences for young people by supporting various Rotary Club activities.
The first Aldridge School Interact activity is to support the annual Santa Sleigh Fundraising event all around the Walsall area.
Pictured are the Interact Team in their fundraising outfits.
If you’re around Walsall in the next few days please give generously as all money raised will go towards Rotary Club nominated charities.
It’s great doing Careers Interviews at Aldridge School. Putting young people on the right path is a great feeling, even if it’s just printing out some qualification or Apprenticeship information they didn’t know.
I also bring local business people in to give careers advice talks direct to pupils who have chosen that career path. At Aldridge School we are a village raising a child.