Secondary school pupils from Levenmouth were asked to look ahead and consider their futures at the first annual careers fayre held last week at Buckhaven High School.
The ‘Future Aspirations’ Convention allowed pupils from S3 to S6 at both Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools the opportunity to meet people face to face and get advice from a range of universities, colleges and employers, which included Fife College, Abertay University and the University of St Andrews, as well as Police Scotland, Fife Voluntary Action, the Royal Airforce and MGM Timber.
This was the first event of its kind held at the school but it was hailed a brilliant success by Buckhaven High’s deputy head, Margaret Cumming, who said: “This has been an excellent event and all the pupils have thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It’s been really interesting to see all the different age groups coming through. For our third years, it was really exciting, as it’s their first experience of something like this, while the fourth and fifth years seemed quite intense because they realise how important it is at the stage they’re at. And for the sixth years, who may have already made up their minds, it was a good opportunity to see what options are still out there.
“The organisations here might not have been offering jobs, but it’s opening eyes and it really is a great confidence boost for the pupils.”
Louise Irving, student recruitment officer from Abertay University, said events such as the conference were hugely important for high school pupils.
“It’s really important to give them the chance to ask questions. It helps them think about the options they might not have considered before.
“I had some really good questions and all of the pupils seemed really well prepared.”
Construction firm Havelock Europa was also at the event. The company offers placement opportunities to 16 young people every year, with the possibility of a job at the end. Lynsay Stewart, project manager, said: “People forget there are at least 50-60 different positions within construction from product design to project management. We’ve had a few of the young people looking for apprenticeships. More local companies should get involved in with things like this. I would definitely recommend it.”
Heather Fleming, graduate aide from Buckhaven High School, who helped to bring the whole event together, said: “It was a fantastic day and couldn’t have gone better. It was really made by the people who came along to inspire the pupils, so a big thank you to them.”