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Anglia Ruskin helps school pupils focus on future

Published: 9 January 2017 at 12:30

Two students looking through a microscope

Careers event is designed to help children better understand the paths to success

School pupils from across the region will focus their “Eyes on the Prize” during an event at Anglia Ruskin University designed to help them take the next step in their career journey.

Year 9 students will visit Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus between 16-18 January, University Centre Peterborough between 19-20 January and Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus between 24-25 January for the annual Eyes on the Prize event.

The pupils will learn more about the subject options available to them at GCSE level and how the path to their chosen career may look.  Exhibitors will include local sixth forms, colleges, higher education institutions, training providers and employers.

Paul Dunton, Outreach Officer at Anglia Ruskin University, said: 

“Eyes on the Prize has become an established event in the school calendar.  The idea is simple enough, we connect young people with local training providers, employers and universities.  The ‘Prize’ is their career goal and the event is structured so that students get a chance to think about what they want to do, as well as to research how to get there. 

“Students can approach a local sixth form college at the event and say ‘I’d like to apply to do A-level Art, what GCSEs should I take?’ Or a student interested in becoming a nurse can ask a university what GCSEs and A-levels they need to study.  

“They can also approach a local employer and find out about the careers they have available and find out what sort of qualifications they would need to access such a career.  They can then ‘work backwards’ through the universities and colleges to decide their GCSE options.”

Now entering its fifth year, Eyes on the Prize has gone from strength-to-strength, having already provided inspiration, information and advice to nearly 5,000 young people.  For further information about Anglia Ruskin’s Outreach and Recruitment activities, visit aru.ac.uk/outreach e-mail [email protected] or call 01245 684711.