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Aiming High: Careers Fair Gets Students Thinking

CBA’s first careers fair encouraged students to work hard, think about their next steps and plan for the future.

The exhibition, which was also attended by families and students from other schools in the area, included staff from nearly 40 companies and organisations who were on hand to answer questions and give careers advice.

There were representatives from the RAF, the Army, North Northamptonshire Development Company, Affinion Travel, National Apprenticeship Services, Roquette, Northamptonshire Police, Priors Hall Development, Connexions, Ecology Link and many more.
CBA joined forces with Inspire2Exceed and Northamptonshire's 14-19 Partnership to deliver the event and it was busy throughout the afternoon today (January 27th).

Year 11 student Joana Fernandes said the careers fair gave her the opportunity to meet people who work in the industry she'd like to get into - travel.

She said: "Meeting the travel agency was helpful - they told me what qualifications I would need and that I'd need at least a C in Maths and English."

Another student who went along to find out more was Shannon Davidson, from Year 8, who said: "I wanted to see what careers I can do in the RAF after I have done my GCSEs, and what skills they look for."

It was the first time CBA has held an event like this and many students commented that it was useful and informative.

Year 9 student Ellie Macleod said she hadn't yet made up mind up about her future but said: "It was good because the people I spoke to told me to concentrate on doing the things I'm interested in."

Jemma Hill, also in Year 9, added: "It gives you a better idea of the choices out there and more information on the things you might want to do."

Year 11 students Kieran Brignano and Hayden Close spoke to professionals in the fields they are interested in.

Kieran said: "I want to go into the RAF or the Army and when I spoke to them, they told me to think about my grades. They said even if I have the grades I need to get into the services, I should aim for higher grades to keep up with the competition."

Hayden said: "I'm looking at IT so I spoke to a company about the different ways of getting into IT and the different courses you can do. It makes you think about the variety of grades you need and the time you have to spend on education."

The event also gave students the chance to think about staying on at CBA's Sixth Form.

For more details on the Sixth Form and to view the prospectus click here.