University and Career's Pillar Day

Wednesday 12 May 2021

On Monday, all Pioneer pupils were off timetable for the day, where they spent time exploring their aspirations for the future. We had presentations from two careers speakers along with a virtual university experience including a tour of St Mary’s University London and the University of Birmingham.

The day began with a special career’s speaker, Paul Brown MBE. Paul is a mechanical engineer who works for Imperial College London and supports the work going on at the European Space Agency. He has designed scientific instruments for the solar orbiter that left Earth in February 2020. Paul is also a member of the newly founded Blackett Lab family; an organisation set up in 2020 to promote Physics and Engineering as a future career for young black pupils.

Ayanna in 8Yousafzai commented that Paul was ‘really inspiring , he has worked really hard over the past 30yrs for his own career and he also finds time to support others in their career. In the pandemic he worked on the lab in a box but also supports through representation for young people; he really models kindness'.

Arshed also said ‘I found the part where he talked about the different routes into engineering most interesting, it wasn’t a straight forward career path for him’

Later in the day all pupils virtually visited St Mary’s University London and the University of Birmingham and considered both the academic and social side of these universities. Year 8 then focused on researching 4 different degrees;

1) Law and Business

2) Biomedical Science

3) Anthropology and History

4) Social Policy, Sociology with a year abroad.

Year 7 went on to learn more about how university is different to school and what is the difference being a college system in Oxford and Cambridge compared to a campus university.

The day ended with another amazing careers speaker Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief executive of UK Music and local Underhill resident. Jamie studied music at university before going on to work with the government in Westminster, in a strategic role in culture and arts. Since then, Jamie has become the CEO for UK music and now working on restoring the British music industry after the impact of the pandemic.

Josh in 8Lawrence commented that “Jamie has been my all-time favourite career speaker. He grew up where I live and to see his journey in sixth form to university to working in government to then being a CEO has shown to me that no matter where you are from you can achieve’.

Miss Pick said ‘Jamie’s message was really powerful. He discussed the importance of transferable skills he learnt in school and how these set him up to be successful in later life, its not always about the subject content but the skills of communication, organisation, resilience and being a team player are what is key’.