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Considering a Career in…the Built Environment

On Monday 29 March, students in Years 10–Upper Sixth had the opportunity to attend our most recent Careers event, showcasing professions linked to the built environment. Three Old Bristolians kindly gave of their time: Cameron Blackwell, who works as a Civil Engineer; Charlotte Curtis who is a Design Coordinator; and Mark Lever, who is a Principal Consultant working in Transport Planning.

The event ran online, after school, using MS Teams. Each OB covered common points, such as what their typical working day looks like and notable projects in which they have been involved. Mark’s work on speed bumps in Abu Dhabi and Charlotte’s discovery of an Elizabethan well certainly broadened our students’ understanding of the scope of these industries. Students were invited to ask questions towards the end of the session and Cameron gave a fantastic insight into the pathway to gaining Chartered status.

All three OBs made and reinforced the point that they would encourage our pupils to study what they enjoy and not worry too much about employment at this stage. Charlotte is now working on the Bristol Beacon, but her route into construction included a degree in Theology – which she loved –and demonstrates that the joy of learning will often guide you to the career that is “just right”.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Old Bristolian volunteers again for their time. Look out for further “Considering a Career in…..” sessions in the Summer term.