Almost 120 students from a local secondary academy in Southampton enjoyed an introduction into the world of work as they hold a week of events and trips tailored to Year 10 students, getting them to think about their future career paths and what they want to do after school.
Teenagers from Oasis Academy Mayfield, situated in the heart of Southampton took part in their second annual ‘Futures Week’.
Co-ordinated by academy staff, on Monday students started ‘Futures Week’ by attending a college taster day at a college of their choice, including; Itchen Sixth Form College, Tauntons Sixth Form College, Fareham College, and St Annes Sixth Form.
Beth, a Year 10 Student at Oasis Academy Mayfield, commented on the week, saying; “It was really useful and it showed me loads of opportunities for what I could do after school. It was much better than work experience because I don’t think I could have finished it.”
Inspirational – On Tuesday students took park in a World of Work day, also known as ‘WoW’, which started with an inspirational talk from Aaron Phipps, a Paralympian Rugby Player. Phipps spoke to students about how they have to try really hard in the face of adversity and how he crawled up Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and knees because he couldn’t take his wheelchair up.
Claire Taylor, Principal of Oasis Academy Mayfield, commented on the successful second annual Futures Week, saying; “A massive thank you to Ms Baxendale who led this incredible week, it is a perfect way to get the students talking about the different jobs available to them when they leave education and what their future could hold.”
As a teenager Aaron took a keen interest in extreme sports such as rollerblading, skateboarding and BMX riding, as well as well as competitive sports like basketball. Over the years Aaron has raised over £250,000 for MRF, for which the charity are very grateful and proud to have him as a supporter. He is also an athlete mentor for Sky Academy and a motivational speaker.
Following an inspirational talk from Aaron, it was time for speed networking which involved students talking to a range of different employers across a range of work topics.
Transformation – On Thursday, students attended Rock Assembly and attended a careers fair in Wembley. Rock Assembly is an annual Futures Fair and pop concert that attracts 10,000 students from across the country. Now in its ninth year, Rock Assembly has become an integral part of the Transformation Trusts mission: combining education, inspiration, and motivation for the future with fun, memorable experiences.
Sophie, a Year 10 Student from Oasis Academy Mayfield, added; “I really enjoyed going to the University of Winchester because I’m going to University and it was good to see it. I learnt a lot about the finance side of things and how to apply to university. And I really enjoyed Wembley because it was really fun.”
To top off an amazing week, Year 10 had opted into visiting either; University of Winchester, workplace trip, or the Unloc Challenge at the academy.