Preparing for the world of work at Loreto College

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STUDENTS and staff at Loreto College took part in a careers week last week.

The event explored how all subjects across the curriculum prepared students for the world of work in terms of skills, knowledge, qualifications and workplace relevance.

In the course of the week, a number of visiting speakers drew students’ attention to the opportunities which were being opened to them by their current studies.

During the event, Michelagh O’Neill (a former student of Loreto College) and Professor Paul Jowitt from the Institute of Civil Engineers spoke to Year 13 students of Maths, Physics, Geography and Technology about employment opportunities in this rewarding career area.

Another former student of Loreto College, Stephen McGrath, spoke to a number of junior classes about his work as a commercial pilot.

A representative of Queen’s University Belfast also delivered a lecture to Year 10 students on the importance of GCSE choices and the wide range of degree courses available at QUB.

She also delivered a lecture to Year 12 students on the importance of AS subject choices and the need to check carefully what the admission requirements are for the wide range of degree courses available at QUB. The students also heard about some of the many accolades QUB has received and the superb facilities available there for students.

In addition to this, careers-focused lessons were going on throughout the Loreto campus.

Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, commented that the Careers Week had been a great success in bringing the issue of employability, workplace skills and the wider relevance of study in all subject areas to the forefront of students’ minds at a particularly critical time.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Miss Flannelly and the Careers Department for their hard work and enthusiasm in co-ordinating the Careers Week, and to all the subject teachers who had participated in the activities on offer.