Grey skies and the threat of rain could do nothing to dampen the spirits for Moreton Hall who welcomed pupils and delegates for one of the jewels in the school’s annual calendar, its Careers Fair.

With exhibitors from more than 35 of the UK’s top universities, as well as representatives from a diverse variety of professions and industries, there was something for every taste, talent and aspiration at Moreton Hall’s annual Careers Fair. With visiting pupils from St Martins, the Marches, Lakelands Academy and Ysgol Dinas Bran, Moreton Hall buzzed with the sound of young people exploring how to start their career journey and realise their dream.

The school’s own alumni are always a key part of this highlight of the school calendar. Jas Pugh joined us to share her experience of degree apprenticeships; Nia Lewis Badman to talk about STEM routes and her role in the Construction Sector, and Jo Chavasse shared her knowledge and enthusiasm about careers in childcare.

For would-lawyers, Alura Bather offered insights into routes into law; Cerys Chamberlain talked about the realities of studying at a London university such as LSE, whilst the dark blues and light blues went head to head in a well attended Oxbridge session as Georgie Lang and Millie Kiel explained the Oxbridge experience. Other well attended seminars included How to Choose the Right University and ‘What if I don’t Want to Go to University.

For Lower Sixth student Georgia Thomas it was wonderful to be attending an ‘in person event again:  “After Covid has disrupted events for so long it was a privilege to attend such an immense, catch-all careers fair; catering for the aspiring Russell group student, to the budding armed forces member, to those hoping to venture overseas with a look into what universities of America have to offer. The careers department delivered stalls and seminars right to Moreton’s doorstep presenting us with the wealth of opportunities our futures may hold.”

It was a sentiment echoed by a visiting parent who was in no doubt of the work that had gone into making the day happen: “Wow! Head of Careers, Mrs Ashworth, should be commended: not only for the number of delegates who attended, but the variety of options to explore: from seminars to so many university and professional delegates.  When one considers the challenges of Covid, Mrs Ashworth is undeterred, she embodies the ‘can-do’ Moreton spirit.  Exceptional in her approach, she has given all of the young people attending a chance to speak to real people in real time – This is not reading a brochure or a website. This is real life. How better to be prepared.”

A sentiment echoed by another parent: “It was fabulous to see so many universities present from all over the country as well as representatives from the armed forces, medical professions and the financial sector. It was also wonderful to see pupils from a wide range of schools present. A huge success all round!’

Reflecting on the day, organiser and Head of Careers and Moreton Hall, Catherine Ashworth commented: All the exhibitors were delighted to have the opportunity to meet students in person once again with many commenting on how exceptionally well-prepared students are for the event. ‘The calibre of questions was outstanding” said one “we will definitely be back next year!”.