Professionals from 26 different organisations and sectors gathered together on Wednesday 13 February for Derby Grammar School’s first Careers Fair.

The event was open to all pupils, and from any school. Pupils in Years 9 and above were particularly encouraged to attend to find out more about different career options which may influence GCSE, A Level and degree or apprenticeship choice.

As well as lawyers, a physiotherapist, the armed forces, engineers, medical professions, accountants, creative industries, a journalist and psychologist, the Careers Fair was also attended by the Derby, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, ASK (Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge) and gap year specialists, Frontier.

The event was organised by Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Careers and Higher Education lead for the Grammar School, Sarah Burton. She said: “Providing high quality information, advice and guidance to young people to help them make crucial decisions regarding their education and career options is fundamental to what we do here at Derby Grammar School.

The aim of tonight’s event is to enable young people to come along and speak to a wide range of professionals in order to help inform their career aspirations as well as helping to make sure that they are making the best subject choices to facilitate those ambitions.

It was very rewarding to see pupils and parents not just from the Grammar School attending, but from other local schools too.

This was our first Careers Fair and our intention is for it to become an annual event, linked in to the wide range of careers support activity we deliver across the school, from Year 7 upwards.”

Rajai Sahota Dhillon is a psychologist who attended the fair. She said: “It has been really useful to speak to pupils who may not have considered this area before and open their eyes in to the wide range of areas in which psychologists practise.”

Careers Advisor, Jane Alexander-Orr, added: “I thoroughly enjoyed talking to your parents and students. They were certainly engaged in the event and keen to find out as much as they could about all the opportunities available to them.”

Year 10 pupil, Alex Hill added: “I found the Careers Fair really useful. There were lots of different career options on show. I’m looking at either engineering or computer science and had good conversations with Dr Oates and Dr Lapworth from Rolls Royce, and Mrs Kalaria who is a software engineer.”