On Friday 8 March, Year 10 spent the day on one of five careers trips, which were run simultaneously. The girls were given the choice to explore Banking, Law, Architecture, Publishing or Technology.
We went to the City Centre to learn about different jobs surrounding the process of designing and constructing buildings. Our main task of the day was to come up with our own plan for a temporary structure that would hypothetically be placed in a public open space, with which people could interact on their way to or home from work. Having been given a lot of freedom with the brief, our groups produced a wide range of unique ideas, and presented them with the use of sketches and models. Overall, it was a really interesting and fun day, and I think we all learned a lot about what architecture is like, as well as how to work with a group to produce a design plan.
Twenty Year 10 students chose to experience the life of a banker as part of our introduction to the working world. Our first destination was Lazard Bank in Green Park where we were presented with the basics of financial advisory and asset management. As well as the helpful speeches about specific career paths in banking, we were lucky enough to indulge in a delicious lunch, during which we spent time talking to individuals who currently worked at Lazard. It was encouraging to hear that all the bankers whom we spoke to enjoyed their jobs and the banking profession in general. After an informative morning, we took one tube ride to Liverpool Street to visit UBS; we were all overwhelmed by their impressive premises! In addition to the popcorn and sweets kindly offered by the UBS employees, the speakers were extremely welcoming and they provided us with a valuable insight into the financial sector. Overall, the day was unequivocally beneficial and allowed us all to find out what it really meant to be a ‘banker’; thank you to Mrs Shufflebotham for organising and timetabling our day.
We began the day early (although it was not bright!) at Mishcon de Reya, an international law firm with offices in New York as well as London. We were awed by the tasteful (and expensive looking) office. We were greeted with an amazing spread, after which we listened to a panel of accomplished female lawyers discuss their journeys to law- each with a unique story. Some were barristers, others had begun with training contracts, some had even taken another degree before switching to law. Afterwards, we walked over to the Royal Courts of Justice. We were amazed by the enormous imperial building which we explored with our tour guide, listening to anecdotes and vivid descriptions of how it had been back in its glory days. There was even an exhibition about the outfits worn by barristers through the ages! Although we unfortunately were not able to visit the Old Bailey Courthouse, our dampened spirits quickly rose during the Mock Trial, kindly run by Mr Fitzgerald. We posed as barristers, drafting opening speeches and cross-examinations to build a case. This drew a close to a truly amazing day- interesting and still fun, which helped me to formulate ideas of what I wanted to do as a career. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!
On this City Girls in the City Day, I chose the publishing option. This consisted of a trip to Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design, and a talk and screenplay workshop by Anna Perera, the author of Guantanamo Boy. We were given a tour of the college by an alumni and a talk about the BA course there. The experience was very enlightening and it was a good insight into a career in the publishing field. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I would highly recommend it even if you aren’t considering a career in publishing.
A group of us went to a small tech company in Whitechapel called Unruly. We got to learn about all the creative sides of the tech industry as well as software development, and we also took part in interactive workshops teaching us about management and communication. We took advantage of the modern workspace, playing giant chess and trying out their climbing wall. Overall, it was a really fun and interesting day.