When it comes to encouraging students to grow ideas, develop dreams and think about their future, no student is too young to engage in the discussion.
We take pride in hearing stories of successful events using our service at Primary Schools across the country, such as Sinai Jewish Primary School in Harrow who created two insightful Role Model Events for their Year 6 cohort.
The sessions were geared towards the preparation of 90 students for their transition to Secondary School – a huge milestone that can often be a daunting period for young people. However, instead of burdening students with the uncertainty of what the next chapter of their education holds, the speakers inspired the students with their insight into the exciting opportunities awaiting them.
Marc Duke, a parent of one of the participating students, set up the events, the first of which was an all-boys session on the 18th of July. The students were lucky enough to speak to Simon Morris, Director Demand Marketing EMEA at Adobe, Harry Thompson Technology Strategist and Innovator from Kurtosys Systems Limited and Joe Dilger, Founder Jd Global Advantage. The speakers’ diverse professional backgrounds enabled them to cover a wide range of invaluable career advice, as Joe spoke about the importance of being open to opportunities as they present themselves and having a dynamic career path, while Simon discussed the importance of acting with respect and integrity – attributes that are formed at school but are vital in the workplace. Harry shared the story of his instinctive tech abilities and love for all things mechanical.
In order for the speakers to relate to students on a personal level, the girls participated in the following session run by female business leaders with unique stories to share, including Anna Josse, Founder of Prism The Gift Fund and Charlene Laidley, Founder of The Future Proof Foundation and Global Ambassador, Advisor & Campaigner for WEE – UN Women.
Charlene Laidley shared afterwards:
“The support I received at school made me believe I could do it all, and I did. From working in global luxury fashion, to founding the world’s first exclusive watch and jewellery communications company, and now working to empower women and girls as part of the United Nations Women. As the first women of colour founding an horology company – it is always great to hear the children gasp when I put on my watchmakers overcoat and eye loupe. It was an honour and a privilege to share my career journey with the girls at Sinai Jewish Primary School for Founders4Schools. I want all girls to really be free to reach and dream for whatever they can imagine. No limitations.“
The event was very popular amongst the students and it was the perfect way to lift their aspirations as they begin to look towards their transition to secondary school. The question of GCSE subject choices and A level decisions no longer seem as daunting, as students realise that grades are not the be all and end all – the opportunity life holds beyond exams are infinite!