Careers assistance for current pupils and Old Salopians is a core activity of the Salopian Club.
For many years the “Headlines Group” helped to provide careers advice, work experience and assistance during gap years. Given the fast-changing and unstable job market, the challenges facing Shrewsbury School alumni and current pupils are considerable. Accordingly David Chance (O 1970-75), pictured right with Jessica Walker (EDH) at the recent Lower 6th Careers Fair, was elected Careers Chairman at the 2012 AGM and he has been working with the Club and the School to review and redevelop the support offered.
As a consequence, the Club has developed further its careers support by creating a proactive and supportive service that will benefit all Salopians requiring assistance. Shrewsbury School now has a Careers Fellow, part funded by the Salopian Club.
The goal of all careers education at Shrewsbury is to provide professional guidance, networking opportunities and access to work experience to equip our pupils and young leavers to compete more effectively in their chosen field, rather than to place them directly into jobs. Success in this job market is built on excellent knowledge, high levels of self-awareness and effective networking, and the Club works closely with the Careers Fellow and the Old Salopian network to provide that as much as possible.
The service the Club aims to provide covers the following areas:
• One-to-one advice on a particular profession or sector
• General advice on getting into the workplace, preparation for interviews, techniques etc.
• Help with tailoring CVs aimed at particular professions or sectors
• Interview practice
• Work experience
• Careers talks delivered to current Salopians at the School
• Assistance at the School’s annual Careers Fair in the Summer Term
DO YOU WANT TO HELP THE CAREERS EDUCATION PROGRAMME AT SHREWSBURY?
There are several ways for Old Salopians to get involved in the careers education programme at the School and share your professional expertise with current and former pupils:
• Professional Groups are small clusters of OS around certain professions (see the relevant webpage for more information) who respond to enquiries about their careers from pupils and younger OS
• One hour Careers Talks run in the Lent Term each year and are given by Old Salopians to current pupils
• The Lower Sixth Careers Fair runs every Summer Term, and gives pupils a chance to hear short talks in three different areas of career interest. The talks are followed by a networking reception
• Offers of Work Experience are always welcome; this can mean a single day of shadowing or something longer, so if you would like to offer that, the Careers Fellow can help you manage an application process to select pupils to participate
• Keep the information the School holds about your professional life up to date and opt in to make it available (see below), so that we can find you if we need you! An e-mailable, electronic, copy of the careers information update form can be requested here
Pictured (below) at the Lower 6th Careers Fair: Nicola Spruyt (EDH), Sophie Rissbrook (EDH), Current Parent and PwC Partner, Sue Rissbrook, Greg Bunting (Rb), Joe Bell (Rb) and Dan Edwards (S)
OPT IN AND STAY IN CONTACT
Business details for Old Salopians are held on the database where they have been supplied. We encourage all Old Salopians to keep this up to date by contacting the office. Data Protection rules apply and we only share data if people have opted-in to do this. If you have not already done so, you can opt-in to sharing your contact details with other Old Salopians by contacting the office.
The Salopian Club LinkedIn group is primarily a job and career-related networking service (rather than purely a social group like Facebook) and you will need to join LinkedIn and set up a profile.
There is now a large (and growing) Old Salopian Facebook Group which can be used for work experience requests/offers. If you are a Facebook user already, just ask to join, otherwise you will be invited to set up a free Facebook account.