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Over 1070 students from all year groups participated in the 4th Careers Talks of this academic year on Wednesday 25 April. Students were able to choose from a selection of 16 diverse talks, which career they wished to learn more about.

Guests were invited to the College, and share their career experiences with our students, on a wide variety of topics. Nick Dove talked about being a Chef, and the catering industry. Tony McNicol from local company We Do Japan, introduced students to a career as an interpreter and translator.  Neil Howlett from Harris & Harris Solicitors reported: “I always enjoy coming to Frome College; it’s inspiring to meet your students and I’m glad to be able to help. They had some astute questions, so you have some potential lawyers here.”

Nick Henshall from Tiger Martial Arts discussed how he grew his business from 0 to 1000 students, and his apprentice Will Headley-Harper, former Frome College student, talked about martial arts apprenticeship opportunities.

Charlotte Peat, who is in her final year at Cardiff University, gave students a great insight with her inspirational talk ‘Training to become a Doctor. My time in medical school, my training, experience and the application processes.’

Dickon Turner informed students about his career in the Police - specifically in the branches of Counter Terrorism & Child Protection. Hugh Deed spoke about his 37 year career in IT, and the IBM Corporation. Students received an insight into being a travel agent, and life on cruise ships from Dawn Denton. Victoria Withers from Westbury Junior School attended to explain the realities of being a primary school teacher. Lynn Faulkner talked about careers in the Royal Navy & Royal Marines- the selection process, trades available, submarines, the Fleet Air Arm, and officer entry. 

Helen Fielding from Spark Somerset, spoke about how volunteering can help students gain skills, impress on their CVs and university applications, and make the world a better place in the process. Southampton Solent University sent their Head of Health & Exercise Sciences, to showcase the different careers in Sport, Health & Fitness, and the large number of Degrees to match the various career aspirations.

Co-founders of DNA Worldwide Group, Hannah Morden and David Nicholson, talked about starting up their new business, which tests DNA samples to establish paternity, ancestry testing, and drug use.

Jen McKay from Team Rubicon; a disaster response team –comprised of volunteers from different skilled back grounds (Military, Nursing, Firefighters, Doctors, Police, Vets, and the general public), told students about being deployed to help when disasters, such as category 5 hurricanes, hit small islands.

Louise Friend, Employability Co-ordinator, said “We have been really fortunate to again have such a wide variety of speakers to give our students a marvellous insight into different careers available. I would like to pass on my gratitude to all our visitors who gave their time, to help show our students what varied paths of interest they could pursue through their working lives.”

If you would like to be a guest speaker at the next Careers Talks in the autumn, please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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