Pupil Marco Abouseliman explains how the recent ‘What are you going to do with your lives?’ interactive session prompted the pupils to think about what their vocation may be…
On a Monday morning, myself and the other boys and girls in Year 9 headed off to the School’s Performing Arts Centre, expecting an inspirational day ahead – a day when we would be asked to reflect on what we want to be and do in the future.
I personally would like to go into medicine and become a doctor but as the day got underway it showed us that even if we didn’t know now what we wanted to do, the most important thing was not the pay but that it made us happy and we wanted to do it. And that we should ask ourselves if it is something that is contributing to the communal good in society.
A key point within the presentation was when we were asked to split into groups to draw up a list of the most important things for a job interview. Given items such as Sellotape, glue, A3 pieces of coloured paper and pens, each group created costumes and wrote on their top suggestions, then presenting them to the rest of the Year.
This interactive method of teaching meant we had fun while thinking out how we would prepare for an interview. We felt a sense of pride when the costumes looked good and included the important points – rather the same way that you would feel great after having a good interview. Some of the top suggestions included being well dressed, not being late and always being polite.
If you are a parent, did you know what you wanted to do when you were 13 or 14? Are you happy with the job you chose, does it provide a living – but as importantly, do you believe it is contributing to society? On reflection, what advice will you give to your children about the importance of having a sustainable job that will provide for everyday needs?