There has been such a lot happening this half term we’ve hardly had time to catch our breaths here at Fairmead!
Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form were given the wonderful opportunity to find out about different careers in and around Yeovil when we hosted our careers week.
We were introduced to Emily who runs her own shop and gallery called We Make Things, based on Union Street in Yeovil.
Emily explained to students how she had always wanted to be an artist, but found herself in management at Tesco after leaving school. She worked hard and saved enough money to launch her own business, which is now beginning to pay off.
Emily said that she didn’t really know anything about running her own business, but she learnt on the way and is very happy to be working creatively and bringing lots of other creative artists and craft people together via the shop and gallery.
Students really enjoyed free ‘mocktails’ when the manager of Kasbah in Yeovil came in to talk about the bar and restaurant industry. Matt runs the cocktails and tapas bar and told the students what skills and qualities are useful for this type of career. Students had a go at making their own mocktails, but they all agreed that the best part was actually drinking them.
We also had a representative from the Social Housing Company Yarlington come in to talk about the varied work involved in making sure vulnerable people’s housing needs are being addressed. Helen explained that there are many different types of job people can do working for Yarlington.
We also had the owner of a chain of recruitment agencies, also called Helen, come in to tell us how she took the biggest risk of her life putting all her money into starting her own recruitment business. Red Berry Recruitment began by Helen and her mum investing £15,000 to start up the business in Yeovil, but which then grew to become a chain of three agencies. Helen said that working in recruitment is rewarding because you are helping companies find the staff they need and helping people out of work find a job that suits them.
Panto season also came early to Fairmead when M&M Productions brought us the Disney Classic Beauty and the Beast. soon to come is Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save The Children and The Carol Service at St Michael’s Church in Yeovil.