In the run up to taking their GCSE options, year 8 students at Longfield Academy took part in speed networking sessions with a wide variety of industry professionals.

Guests were asked to reflect the academy learner attributes of curious, determined, creative, independent and collaborative in relation to their own career paths and when discussing possible career options and student aspirations.

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Our valued guests came from:

Canterbury Christchurch University

Rochester Bridge Trust

Kent Training and Apprenticeships

Kent and Medway NHS Trust

Crea8ing Careers

Inspirational Rhythms

Coventry University London


Hadlow College



Speed networking

Students from each Longfield Academy college participated in an hour long session where they split into small groups to speak with business delegates. Our visitors moved on after each conversation to the next eagerly awaiting group.

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Students from Galileo College participated in the final of the three sessions and were fortunate in witnessing one delegate, Marc Lemezma,  demonstrating another of his career strands- as a magician!

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A successful event

Amongst some very very positive post event feedback, delegate comment included:

“Thank you very much for hosting the Yr 8 Options workshop  on Friday – it was great to talk to the students on an informal small group basis, they were very well behaved and engaged with the task. I hope to have encouraged them to broaden their horizons, think about careers that they don’t even know exist yet – I didn’t know about engineering when I was their age – and perhaps even inspire one or two to consider a career in engineering.”- Ilona Hurrell, STEM ambassador , Rochester Bridge Trust.

“The ambassadors had a great time last week at the Options event. We hope to be able to support similar future events.” Canterbury Christchurch University.

Student comment

When surveyed post event, all responding students commented that they had enjoyed the event with 80% stating that the event had helped them to make positive decisions about potential future career paths.

When asked how guests had helped to inspire and inform them, student comments included:

“Being closer to my age, I understood them better”

“…told me real life stories about people misusing social media and then not getting jobs easily because of it”

“Lucy told me how the NHS works and how they help people”

“They inspired me”

“They showed determination”

“Because I want to work with younger children and he inspired me as this is what he does”

“They showed that their job is really interesting and gave us some great options to what you can do”

“They helped me with ideas for future volunteering”

“She explained that there is so much more to hospitals than just doctors. This really widened my thoughts about hospitals”

“They were able to answer all of my questions”

“It was fascinating”

“It has changed where I would like to be heading in life”

“The people my table spoke to were kind and made sure that we understood”

“I thought it was a very good thing to do and everyone I spoke to was very helpful. Thank you for helping us”

Thank you to our volunteers

Sincere thanks to our volunteers for the time and trouble taken to visit Longfield Academy and participate in this event.