Careers Newsletter: December 2021

Welcome to the first monthly careers newsletter from Hertswood Academy's Careers Team.

Each month the newsletter will provide you with details of work experience opportunities available to our students, highlight careers you may not have considered and provide information about industries in Hertfordshire to help you start to make those important decisions about the future.

Careers Spotlight: Pharmacists

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who specialise in the right way to use, store, preserve, and provide medicine. They can guide you on how to use medications, and let you know about any potential adverse effects of what you take. They fill prescriptions issued by doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Pharmacists also contribute to research and testing of new drugs. They work in pharmacies, medical clinics, hospitals, universities, and government institutions.

Boosting your CV

So what is a CV? CV is short for Curriculum Vitae and is a short document which summarises your unique skills, character, experience and achievements.

For students it can feel difficult to know what to write as you haven't had the time to build up the experience that employers always seem to want.

In this section we will look at ways of making your CV stand out for future employers so you can get that dream job.

Get involved in extra-curricular activities:

You might not be aware of it, but we have a large number of activities that you can take part in that will help you gain valuable experience. Some of the best activities to consider signing up for include:

  • Sports clubs (shows you’re a team player).

  • Other clubs such as model making club or art club (shows you want to develop your skills and are happy to put in the extra effort)

  • School Council (shows that you have passion).

Above all, what these activities show is that you have initiative. Most employers are aware that young people find it difficult to get their first break and will appreciate the effort you’ve taken to gain as much work experience as you can.

Careers in Hertfordshire: The Life Sciences

The 'Golden Triangle', made up of Oxford, Cambridge and London, marks the central cluster of the UK’s life sciences industry, at the heart of which lies Hertfordshire. Within the triangle are four of the world’s top 10 universities for medical and scientific research: Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London.

UK researchers and institutions have been credited with major scientific breakthroughs including the discovery of penicillin and the structure of DNA, advancements in neuroscience and medical imaging, and developments in stem cell research and in-vitro fertilisation. Businesses benefit from the opportunity to tap into this pool of talent and research expertise.

Britain’s life sciences industry has a track record for excellence and is supported by a tax structure that rewards innovation. More than 5,600 life sciences companies operate in the UK, with a turnover of over £60 billion and exports that exceed £30 billion. These companies span product development, supply and associated services, and employ more than 220,000 people.

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Current Opportunities

Have you ever wondered how your child could start a journey into the games and immersive sector?

Web Link | Date and time: Wed, 15 December 2021, 19:30 – 20:30 GMT

About this event

Into Games and Creative Assembly present Parent's night - an evening of learning to inform parents about what career paths are in the games industry, what their child's journey into their first games role could look like, and an introduction to some free resources to get them started.

Featuring a talk from Andy Robertson - Author of Taming Gaming and creator of the Family Video Game Database, and a panel discussion with some of the team at Creative Assembly, Parent's Night will help you to:

  • Understand how to lead children to healthy gaming, as well as discover what games are helping children to unleash their creativity and build their own virtual experiences

  • Find out the truth behind some common games industry myths

  • Learn about what resources are available to help kick-start your child's journey into making games

Who is the event for?

This event is free and open for any parents, guardians, and caregivers to attend, designed especially for those who want to find out more about what a potential career in games for their children could look like and the starting blocks for getting there.

More about Creative Assembly

Creative Assembly is one of the largest AAA Studios, with state-of-the-art facilities in the UK and Bulgaria. in 2014 they founded The Legacy Project, their award-winning social responsibility programme.

More about Into Games

Into Games are a non-profit that supports people in finding rewarding careers in the games industry.