One Education Careers were incredibly proud to be invited along to this year’s Choices exhibition, which took place at Manchester’s Event City on 29-30 March.
The team (clad in some very eye-catching pink t-shirts) were on hand to provide careers advice and guidance to a wide range of students from schools all across Greater Manchester. With iPads in hand, we managed to speak to a huge number of young people, helping them to make sense of their options and the vast array of information on offer.
Interactive experiences for Students & Staff
This year’s Choices showcased the wide variety of opportunities Manchester has to offer to young people preparing to leave school and college. Colleges, training providers and employers were out in force, providing information and ‘have a go’ activities designed to give students a flavour of the sectors they were representing. Inspirational and informative ‘spotlight’ talks also gave students the opportunity to listen to sector experts speaking about their own career journeys whilst teachers and professionals had the opportunity to attend ‘staff room’ talks and discussions, enabling them to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of careers, network and share best practice.
The event also staged a number of skills competitions which saw young people from colleges across Manchester compete against each other to showcase their skills across a range of areas including catering, hairdressing and digital media. These provided inspirational examples to students of what can be done with a bit of hard work and enthusiasm, and also created a real buzz around the venue over the course of the event.
The Manchester Careers Landscape
Choices provided a reminder of what an exciting and dynamic city Manchester is. Our team all commented on how incredibly lucky we feel to be careers advisers in a region that has such a broad array of opportunities for young people. Manchester’s labour market is diverse, with growth in exciting sectors such as creative and digital, logistics and health.
Choices, a partnership between Worldskills UK and Prospects, with support from the Careers and Enterprise Company, mirrors the approach taken by The National Skills Show, where students are able to access information about their options through inspirational activities and face-to-face discussions with employers and education providers.
Inspirational Careers Advice
Ensuring that young people have access to employers, education and training providers is an essential aspect of enabling them to make well-informed, realistic decisions about their futures. There is a huge difference between looking at an employer’s website and actually meeting them and hearing first-hand about what they have to offer. Inspiring young people is the first step to enable them to make good transitions.