Westgate pupils given career advice at Slough Aspire

James Hockaday

Career advice was handed out to Westgate School year 10 students at Slough Aspire on Wednesday.

Slough Aspire is a private company based in Edinburgh Avenue on the Slough Trading Estate. It works with other organisations to expose people to successful businesses so they can sharpen their skills.

The event, titled Jobs of the Future, was facilitated by Slough-based job skills charity Learning to Work.

At the event the managing, Nigel Stevens, director of Liverpool Road based IO Data Centres, spoke to students about the job market and the challenges the next generation could face.

Mr Stevens said: “One of the things I said was that the first choices you make are quite important, you can change course but people need to think carefully.”

Mr Stevens also explained how his data centre works behind the scenes to make it function.

The group then touched on possible changes the job market will go through in the future, including driverless cars and robots taking on certain jobs.

“The students were really interested, asked really good questions and gave really good answers,” said Mr Stevens.

A rare opportunity of visiting the IO data centre across the road was then given to students.

Mr Stevens added: “It’s incredibly unusual for a data centre operator to have children come. We thought, why not?”

A speed networking session was held back at the Aspire Centre, where year 10s got to quiz IO staff on their career experience and ask them for advice.

Volunteers from Slough-based job skills charity Learning to Work also helped run the event.

Year 10 student Faye Murdoch, 14, told the Express: “The session taught me how important networking actually is for getting jobs.

“The main advice that was given to us was to take A-levels seriously, to do things we enjoy and get as much experience as you can. It gets you brownie points.”

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