Walton Oak School children get an early start on career path

Primary school children get an early start on career path

Learning lots: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Learning lots: What do you want to be when you grow up?

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Police officers, scientists and health care workers were quizzed by Walton Oak School pupils at the school’s first careers fair.

Children in years 4, 5 and 6 attended the "What could my future hold?" event on Tuesday, June 17, to help them explore career paths they could follow in the future.

From banking and construction to aerospace and the armed forces, youngsters were able to ask questions about numerous careers. People working in journalism, education, estate agents and the emergency services also attended the event.

Dan Sonley, deputy headteacher, said: "Most primary age children have a simplistic picture of working life and see it as an automatic end point. We recognise that it can appear so far away for children but we wanted to fill in the gaps; help them explore jobs they might like and then visualize a journey to that future.

"The children challenged our stand holders with some really searching questions about job satisfaction, necessary skills and qualifications and, of course, what they might expect in terms of salary."

Year 6 children explored future career paths further with a full day of activities led by Kingston University.

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