To give our pupils the tools they will need in an increasingly competitive job market, we held a “Recruitment and Selection in the Modern World” careers evening on Thursday 15th November open to all Sheffield Girls' students and parents.

Recently, there has been a marked shift in the recruitment world towards making extensive use of social media and online testing (including Situational Judgment Tests) and video interviewing, all of which was covered by a wealth of presentations from the experts. This applies to everything from applying to John Lewis for a Christmas job, a week’s work experience with a global employer in Year 12 or competing for sought-after School Leaver Programmes, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, internships, sandwich year placements and graduate jobs.

We were honoured to welcome a team from Grant Thornton, one of the world’s largest professional services networks, and Karen Perkins, our school’s Enterprise Adviser and a professional Career Coach. Closer to home, alumnae also presented, including Isabel Rughani, a former Head Girl who now works for the Girl’s Day School Trust supporting their Career Start Programme, and Alice Strong, who recently graduated from Newcastle with a Geography degree and talked about her own experience of the graduate recruitment process.

Our Head of Careers, Carole Hall, said, “This event aimed to advise pupils, in addition to helping parents give much needed support with their child’s career search. It was absolutely a valuable experience for forward-thinking girls to get to grips with an increasingly complex and constantly changing modern world of work.”