03:09AM, Wednesday 06 March 2013
Ambitious pupils at Newlands Girls' School in Maidenhead have been preparing for a bright future as part of National Careers Week.
Starting on Monday students in years 11 to 13 have been involved in mock interviews carried out by a variety of employees including Microsoft and Nationwide.
The aim of the exercise was to prepare students at the school in Farm Road for life beyond the classroom.
Other activities have included career quizzes and soaking up advice from a range of guest speakers and experts.
Sixth form learning mentor Caroline Green said: "Our aim is to help them choose a career they will love doing and the skills to do it well.
"We are delighted by the overwhelming response from employers who have come along to help our girls with this endeavour."
"I have found careers week at Newland's very exciting, there have been numerous activities to participate in such as careers related quizzes in our registration groups.
On Monday we had various representatives from local companies visit our school to provide pupils with inspiration and confidence with their interviewing techniques.
Among the employers was Thierry Bourret who runs his own small business distributing traditional children's toys to retailers such as Harrods, Selfridges and John Lewis.
Thierry described a perfect employee to be 'passionate and good at sales'.
He also explained that he decided to volunteer at 'Newlands careers week' because he enjoys giving time back to those who have helped him, and his advice for young people choosing a career path is 'no passion, no point'."
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