ECA holds careers fair at Oakthorpe School
Enfield Caribbean Association (ECA) held a careers fair with year 6 pupils at Oakthorpe School in Palmers Green on Thursday 31 March.
The fair provided pupils with an opportunity to discuss their career ideas and ambitions with a variety of professionals in a number of areas including medicine, the arts, architecture, music and the Royal Navy.
More than 80 pupils participated in small workshops with expert practitioners in their fields where they asked questions and participated in group activities. In one of the workshops facilitated by professional singer-songwriter Paula Lorraine, pupils got the opportunity to practice their vocal cords and sing their hearts out loud. Children’s author Sandra Moodie had the children expressing their creative thoughts on paper.
Other professionals who volunteered their time included Dr Michaella Cameron, Reece Teape, Jamila Noel, Dr Nurjahan Saleque, Phil Betts, Kudzai Chirimuuta who covered careers and experiences in health, finance, science, architecture and the Royal Navy.
According to Oakthorpe Oveta McInnis, chair at ECA, “We can’t overestimate the impact of successful professionals in raising the aspirations of the young people they came into contact with today. There were smiles, enthusiasm and excitement in meeting professionals such as the doctor, neuroscientist and financial manager. There was also plenty of enthusiastic participation from the pupils in the singing and literary workshops.
“Finally, the motivational speaker was extremely well received by the pupils with roars of cheering and laughter bringing down the roof.”