Speedy Careers Advice for Kelmscott

Osborne joined representatives from industries such as banking, law, the emergency services and armed forces to provide pupils at Kelmscott School in Waltham Forest with careers advice during a Speed Mentoring session.

The fast paced initiative, delivered to over 300 students across three separate year groups, aimed to encourage students to learn more about careers and opportunities available to them by speaking with successful women from a wide range of professions.

Osborne’s’ Head of Engagement Jo Fletcher and ICT Manager Vickie Stevenson were among those quizzed by the students, who were given five minutes to ask each guest about their role, their career journey, qualifications needed and any advice they might have.

Pam Eriera, Funding and Facilities Manager at Kelmscott School, said: “Thank you for attending the Professional Speed Mentoring event. Events such as this cannot take place without the generosity and support of our guests.

“93% of our students found the event useful, whilst 85% were able to find out more information about jobs they had not previously considered.”

The session inspired many of them to think about their own career possibilities and in particular, which subject choices would benefit them in the shorter term.

Jo Fletcher, Head of Engagement at Osborne Communities, said: “Construction is a sector where old fashioned stereotypes are still commonplace, so having the opportunity to promote the variant roles including marketing and IT was fascinating.”