From understanding comes strength
Parents: if you would be interested in supporting this initiative by coming in to
speak about your career path & day-
NB Depending on the minimum number of students specified by the speaker, talks are cancelled if not enough students have signed up in advance
What’s it like to work in the police? Or in the world of sport? Or as an engineer? An accountant? A project manager? A lawyer? Or to set up your own business?
And how do I get there?
Careers talks at school, set up jointly with the Parent Council, are an opportunity for young people in all years at the academy to find out more about different career paths. The talks last about 40 minutes and take place at lunchtimes. They are designed to be relaxed and informal, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Lunch can be brought to the talk! Pupils who are interested in a particular talk should sign up at reception by a deadline that is advertised for the individual talk.
Next careers talk: Monday March 18th -
The careers talk initiative has been running since November 2015. The school and the Parent Council would like to say a very big thank you to the following people who have come into the academy to speak about their study & career paths:
Jamie Mackie, KPMG-
Nick Kennington -
Karen Clark, Elevator -
PC Sharon Meechan & PC Rhys Phillips-
Dr Steve Furnival -
Dr Gillian Archbold-
Eoghain Fiddes and Finlay Conner -
Mel Shand, Artist, and Lorraine Grant, Director at Woodend Barn -
Darren Sutherland -
Angus Murray -
Raymond Caldwell -
Duncan Gardner and Kirstie Golightly of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route -
Nicky Clark – Human Resources
Vikki Duncan – putting Art & History to work as a curator.
Carole Taylor & Dawn Lobban – Primary School Teaching
Mike Wilson – Engineering, Inventing and Entrepreneurship
Rory Cartwright, Saskia Spence, Stephen Curley – Chemical Engineering
Mike Sibson – working in Venture Capital, investing in small businesses, and entrepreneurship
Laura Smith & Luke Riddock – working in Social Care, specifically with charity Inspire supporting adults with Learning Disabilities and Special Needs
Chris Wardle – Horticulture, Landscapes, Gardens and Management of outdoor spaces
Shelley Mackenzie and Lauren Macaskill, opportunities for further training and education at Nescol
Lisa Christie – Management Accountancy
Philip Thirlaway – Royal Navy and Royal Marines
Laura Pilbeam -
Luke Buskie -
Lee Ross -
Neil Cockburn -
From Banchory Community Care team (NHS & Aberdeenshire Council partnership): Jill
Barry & Laura Strachan (Occupational therapists), Rachel Dunne (Student Nurse), Penny
Allan (Banchory District Nurse), Craig Mackay & Kelsey Brown (Care Managers with
social work backgrounds), and Jill Matthew (manager) who organised the team's talk
Line Captain Nick Ledger -
“Mrs Grieve…had very useful advice on how to get into a career as a journalist and had some hilarious stories too”
– Ben Strachan, 5M2
“The Careers Talk in Journalism educated me on all the different jobs they and have to do…and was very interesting”
“I really enjoyed the career talk on journalism and it gave me a clearer picture
on the various aspects which could be involved…and emphasised the importance of learning
in a working environment” -
“I found the talk extremely interesting. It was good that were introduced to another
side of journalism and given valid tips on how to gain experience” -
“I found the talk to be very informative…and gave me a realistic picture of what
it is really like to be a journalist” -
"I did really enjoy this talk as it was interesting and really informative, especially when explaining the different branches and types of architecture"
"The talk was very well done; they painted a very comprehensive picture of what it was like to study and then become an architect. They had some inspiring photos and videos"
“I thoroughly enjoyed the talk. The two speakers were very supportive and enthusiastic and covered a broad range of career paths within the art & design industry. Very useful!”
“Art in the Creative Industries” talk.
“I have taken a shine to the TV Advertising industry…and this talk has helped me understand what path I want to take”
“Art in the Creative Industries” talk.
“Enjoyable, encouraging and inspirational. Taught me mechanical engineering is very transferrable”
“It was very useful, engaging and informative.”
“I thought the talk was very useful for my choices later on in life, even if Im not choosing a path in engineering, the people skills you said were incredibly useful for any job”
“Very informative talk. Great to learn about an engineer’s career and all the possibilities. Not just about what you do but the experience and different cultures”
“The talk was very useful as many people could relate to not being sure about future careers”
“The talk was very informative and well structured – I never knew there were so many options in law! A really good talk.
“This was a great talk. It was clear and interesting and I gained a good insight into HR and what it is. This presentation has helped me narrow down my career options, since – although it is an interesting job, its not for me.” Louisa Cameron