• Helping Cumbrian Primary school children to Dream BIG.


From Architects to Zoo Keepers – Children at Distington Community School have their sights set on BIG career dreams

Enthusiastic Year 5 and 6 pupils from Distington Primary School spent the morning trying out their interviewing skills to find out more about the career opportunities available in Cumbria. They were taking part in the school’s Dream Big — Aspirations day and alongside volunteers from local employers they considered their hopes and dreams for the future, dreaming big and learning important messages about trying hard and maintaining a positive attitude.

Catherine Eve from the Primary Business Partnership got the event off to a lively start by asking children to match jobs to the employers in the room, for example guessing which of their guests had a career which included the demolition of cooling towers, who regularly travelled to Japan with their job, who had sold houses in the past or studied psychology at university.

Local business representatives supporting the day included:

◾Gill Marsden — MD at NIS Ltd

◾Catherine Wilson — Recruitment and Admissions officer Lakes College

The children had a chance to interview the speakers and find out more about their fascinating careers before spending time thinking about their own dream jobs and for some courageous children, the opportunity to be interviewed in front of the whole class.

The strong message that the children got from the session was that working hard is the only way to achieve your goals. Angela Quirk, Head Teacher said about the event…

“It was an excellent Aspiration session for our year 5 & 6 children. It was fun and interactive and the children gained so much from it. In an area of such high unemployment and social deprivation, meeting local people with such varied career journeys inspired our children.”

Gill Marsden MD at NIS and one of our business volunteers said…

“I would encourage anyone to get involved, it was a really enjoyable morning and a privilege to share stories and experiences with such an enthusiastic group of children.”

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