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Making Opportunities Event

Year 10 students attended a “Making Opportunities” event at Derby University at the beginning of July 2014.

The aim of the day was to undertake exercises to raise students’ awareness of the skills and attributes employers are looking for in young people when applying for jobs.

Over 30 volunteers from Business acted as Group Advisors for the day, giving students an invaluable insight into the world of work.

The conference which is a one-day event aims to encourage students to examine their own skills and achievements and to define their objectives about training and work.

The event which is highly participative consisted of discussions with the Group Adviser, role-play and group practical work.


When asked about the student’s attitude to the event, Laura Bayliss from 3aaa said “the students had professional attitudes showcasing maturity beyond their years”

Students were able to develop their self- confidence and practical skills in interview techniques, writing CVs and completing application forms.

Tyrone O’Connor, group advisor commented “I think the interview process is vital, there are so many things you can get wrong without realising.  There’s more to it than people think”

The day proved extremely popular and students felt they had gained a lot from the experience

“I found out about what makes a good and a poor interview and how to improve my interview techniques. I also found out about job applications, C.V's and the key characteristics that employers look for in future employees. I enjoyed the experience of getting to know the university and some of the staff from the Uni itself and some local employers.”

“The students and teachers at the university gave me a lot of advice on how to improve my C.V and also gave me information on how to get into sixth form, which was very informative.”