Did you know that in addition to our mentoring programme, ORT JUMP also offers all Year 12 students the chance to attend in-depth careers evenings, where they can explore a specific profession?
This year ORT JUMP arranged five careers evenings, focussing on psychology, medicine, law, engineering or finance. Industry experts were invited to speak to sixth-formers about their career path, before leading small group discussions.
Psychologists Dr Victoria Mattison, Dr Carolyn Webber and Caroline Cohen gave the audience a fascinating insight into clinical and educational psychology. They explained the training and experience required to do their jobs, discussed mental health and provided a thorough and honest account of what to expect from a career in psychology.
“It certainly gave me a greater insight into the many careers possible in psychology but particularly how varied and exciting each specialisation of psychology can be. This has really deepened my interest in psychology.”
Soukie Jaber, student
“It was such a pleasure to be around potential psychologists of the future. They asked amazing questions and seemed so grateful for the opportunity to hear about career options. A few of them will be spending time with me at my work place in July and I hope they will remain enthusiastic! It was also so great to meet students from diverse backgrounds accessing this event, some of whom will be the first members of their families applying to university.”
Dr Victoria Mattison, Clinical Psychologist
Dr Nic Alexander, Dr Victoria Barnett and Dr Julian Gertner talked the students through their journeys into medicine and the areas in which they specialise, which included paediatrics and ophthalmology. They also spoke about the importance of work experience and seizing opportunities that will enhance their life experience, from travelling to undertaking voluntary work in any field.
“It was very interesting and useful to hear about the different routes one can take after medical school. The speakers were engaging and passionate and gave great information and advice for aspiring medics. I came away from the evening with an excitement about my career in medicine and I thank ORT UK for setting it up.”
Avi Miller, student
“I really enjoyed doing the talk. The students seem to be really interested and I’m also really impressed with my mentee this year. It’s great to be a part of the organisation – thank you for the opportunity!”
Dr Victoria Barnett, Ophthalmologist, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital
LAW – hosted by Hamilins LLP
Lawyers Jonathan Cowley, Laura Daly, Angelique Umugwaneza, Olivia Biggin, Antony Perlmutter and Daniel Bellau spoke with students about their various career paths and the areas of law in which they specialise.
“It was our pleasure to host a room full of aspiring lawyers at Hamlins through the ORT Jump programme. Our young lawyers who participated found it very rewarding to share their perspectives and experience with the next generation. Law is often considered a very daunting career path, so we hope that by speaking to ‘real lawyers’, the students have gained some useful insights and motivation to get them started on a career in the law.”
Vikki Bentwood, Head of Business Development at Hamlins
FINANCE – hosted by KPMG
Dan Reinhold, Josh Neifield, Dalya Kurer, Joel Reuben, Saul Taylor and Danny Saltman talked about their positions within the firm from graduates to Head of Business Development and offered some brilliant advice about starting out in the working world.
ENGINEERING – hosted by HS1
Engineers Andrew Ellis, Richard Armstrong, Cliff Hoare, Asieh Ahmadzade, Jay Newton, Peter Turrell discussed their career journeys before treating students to a behind-the-scenes tour of St Pancras station.
“I hope the students took something away from the session. I tried to recall how I must have looked at 16 when I started my apprenticeship and how lucky I was that people of my sort of age took me under their wing. I hope the session helped them consider what being an engineer could look like and mean to them. Engineering has such a broad scope but is a good fundamental subject to have as a core skill within any business. I wish them every success for the future.”
Cliff Hoare, Senior Project Manager, HS1