Look at what’s out there - anyone can do it” - that was the inspiring message to Lowestoft students as their eyes were opened to an array of future possibilities at a college careers fair.
Nearly 700 students browsed more than 40 stands from employers at the event at Lowestoft Sixth Form College on Wednesday 2 March.
With businesses including Archant, Adnams brewery in Southwold and the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) at Oulton Broad, those taking part believe the event answered critics who say there aren’t enough opportunities for young people in the area.
Karen Lambton, careers advisor at the sixth form college - who organised the event - said she was “over the moon” with how employers came on board and how young people engaged in the event.
She added: “This is our fourth year of doing the event and we’ve grown our networks each year.”
She also said a lot of year-nine students from Benjamin Britten and East Point Music Academies arrived at the event worried about what subjects they would choose for the GCSEs.
However she added that many came away saying: “I know what I want to do now.”
“The student engagement has been really good. A lot of them have been inspired and quite amazed at the different job roles, even in the care industry.
Many young people have ideas about what they want to do in their careers but are not sure if it’s possible. The careers fair, however, shows their ambitions are achievable” said Ms Lambton - adding: “Look at what’s out there, anyone can do it.”
Phil Aves, a former Lowestoft policing commander who is today change manager at Lowestoft Rising - an organisation working to improve the town - was talking to students about careers in public services.
He said: “It was really interesting to talk to the young people. It is really important for them to see the different breadth of jobs there are.
“We can’t do enough of giving employers the chance to meet young people.”
Mr Aves said one of the key goals is continuing to raise young people’s aspirations, as that will encourage them to pursue good careers which have such great benefit to their lives.
The students also enjoyed the day.
Sixth former Dani Willgress, 17, from Lowestoft, said: “It’s quite good that people are talking about the jobs they actually do.”
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