Futures Advice

Posted at 1:17 pm on 25th June, 2019

At Flixton Girls School (FGS) we are dedicated to providing our students with a planned programme of impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG) which inspires students to discover their talents and fulfil their potential and also encourages career exploration. 

This promotes curiosity, opportunity awareness and a more positive attitude to the challenges of careers and working life, as well as empowering students by enabling them to plan their future and make well informed choices.  We give students a better understanding of the career process and structure to enable them to make sense of their own career pathways and inspire them to develop awareness of employability skills; giving students the power of knowledge to enhance and excel in their career opportunities.

Recent in-school and campus visits included year 7 Gateway day for those aspiring to gain a place at university and the ‘Star Student’ game with University of Manchester ambassadors introducing year 8’s to university life. Plus year 10 students visited Edge Hill University for a tour around the campus including the opportunity to speak with university ambassadors. Additionally year 10’s engaged with business professionals from across Greater Manchester at the A J Bell Stadium for the ‘Meet Your Future’ event; organised by the Bridge GM team, allowing students the opportunity to meet and network with a range of business professionals including John Lewis, GMP, Marriott Hotels and RAF to name a few.

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Year 10 students Malyka Tariq and Fern Johnson both agreed, ‘It was motivational and inspiring, just getting the chance to speak with current business professionals was really interesting.’

Mya Dixon commented, ‘It has provided me with more ideas about what career choices I have and how it’s not all about qualifications, as how I present myself and my personality also play a part.’

In addition, we visit Manchester Metropolitan University for events targeting specific learners, supporting under-represented groups in higher education, particularly care-experienced students, those with a disability and with mental health conditions. One student commented, “It was an awesome day” while another commented, “the day was excellent and it is making me think about the future”.

We are committed to providing experience of higher education opportunities to our students ensuring they are empowered to make informed choices regarding their further education pathways; to access their preferred future career opportunities and possibly attend university.

Irene Bates, Work Related Learning Coordinator said “I am passionate about these events as they introduce students, from a very early age, to the thought of university; previously these students might not have even considered going to university. I see our girls engrossed; taking in every word that the university student ambassadors say. While walking around campuses I hear them saying ‘it’s not what I imagined’ and ‘I can see myself going to university’. I believe each and every student should have the opportunity to experience what university could be like and these events are tailored made for that.”

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