Pathways Careers Fair

Pathways Career Fair Event

Pathways Careers Fair 2022 - Thursday 15 September

Rarely have there been as many challenges and opportunities in the world of work as there are today, and young people leaving school face a world that differs dramatically from that experienced by their parents and teachers. 

At Banbridge Academy and Methodist College Belfast we are committed to preparing our young people to embrace these challenges and opportunities, and to that end, are jointly arranging a careers fair this September. We want to see pupils engage with a wide range of sectors within the world of education and employment, so that they are fully informed about the routes open to them upon leaving school. 

The event will take the form of an exhibition, with each organisation having its own stand within the main halls.  We also plan to schedule a number of talks in other rooms throughout the two days. Our target audience is pupils taking GCSEs and A levels who are beginning to think about their future plans. There will also be an opportunity for parents and guardians to visit. We anticipate an audience of well over one thousand pupils participating over the two days of the event.

Running Order
Upper 6th Pathways Presentations: 'Next Steps'
Time Speaker Organisation Title
12:10 - 12:20 Kelsey Blemings  Northumbria University 'Choosing a university course'
12:20 - 12:30 Helena Ziegler  University of Aberdeen 'Advice on Personal Statements'
12:30 - 12:40 Megan Rostern-Thomson University of Sheffield 'Transition to HE'
12:40 - 12:50 Daniel Brown PwC 'Interview Techniques'





Form 5 Pathways Panel: ‘Exploring the World of Work’
Time Panellists Organisation Role
13:35 - 14:25 Gillian McGaughey Bar Association NI Education and Training Officer
Tina Calder Excalibur Publication Publicist, Copywriter, Journalist, Content Creator
Sinead Fox-Hamilton Chartered Accountants NI Relaionship and Professional Development Manager
Nikkala Pokojski Kainos Software Engineer
Ryan Young Institute of Civil Engineering Civil Engineer


Lower 6th Pathways Presentations: ‘Planning for the Future’
Time Speaker Organisation Title
14:30 - 14:40 Dr Gemma Carroll Creative and Cultural Skills 'Careers in creative industries'
14:40 - 14:50 Dr Barbara McDade Stranmillis College 'Careers in Education'
14:50 - 15:00 Carla McErlean Generation Innovation 'Entrepreneurship and work experience'
15:00 - 15:10 Jamie Graney University of Liverpool 'Application to Clinical Course'