I Gotta Go, Back To School

I Gotta Go, Back To School

By Luke Redhead
28 November 2016

We attended the careers fair at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy to show students the variety of career paths available to them. Luke Redhead, our Trainee Service Desk Technical Consultant returned to his old school to chat with them. We caught up with him afterwards to chat about the experience.

Joined by our Chief HR Officer Emma Coultan and Chief Executive Officer Neil Everatt, I went back to my old school to attend the careers fair. This was an opportunity for students from all year groups to be able to speak to various companies from the local area, and for us to tell them about what we do.  

For me, this was an interesting experience. I only left the school a year ago and attend the sixth form one day a week to study an OCR Advanced GCE in ICT alongside my position here at Software Europe.

The career fair itself is designed so that students can speak first hand to various businesses, colleges and universities to get a glimpse of what lies beyond the classroom. It gives students the opportunity to speak directly to people at a variety of companies. There was a great range of businesses that attended, from Siemens, Toni & Guy, ourselves and even the sixth form had their own stand.

There were a range of students from different age groups that came over to us to find out how a technology company works and ask us questions. It was great to see the interest from students, how intrigued they were about us, what path they could take, and the various roles Software Europe has.

I really enjoyed representing Software Europe and telling the students what we do, and for those interested in IT, I was able to talk to them about my journey. Being able to help them further their ideas of what they may want to do, or be able to show them that there is life after school was extremely rewarding. 

With it being my old school, it was a great experience to see my old teachers and speak to them since leaving. One of the teachers asked me for some computer advice which made my day!

Overall the day was a fantastic experience, and now being on the other side I understand how valuable careers fairs are to open your eyes to the many avenues available.