On Tuesday 4 February, the 5th Careers Agora was held in the Rainier III Auditorium. It was organised by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport and attended by senior officials in the Principality.
This year, the event gave 430 Year 10 (3ème) and 450 Year 12 (1ère) pupils from the Principality’s schools an opportunity to meet those working in a number of sectors.
Education and sport, health and social care, science and technology, communication, the hotel and catering industry, trade, arts and culture, defence and justice, architecture and urban development, and construction and real estate were all represented this year.
During the second part of the day, the older pupils were able to attend talks organised by careers guidance teachers from the Principality’s schools. These featured experts and representatives from various education and training courses.
A variety of options were covered, including university study, preparatory classes for the entrance examinations to France’s most prestigious universities (grandes écoles), engineering school courses, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hotel management, BTS vocational training qualifications in the manufacturing and service sectors, and DUT postsecondary diplomas in science and technology subjects.
There was a particular focus on sandwich training options, in order to enhance career development, and on studying abroad.
This annual event with representatives from the world of work is part of an initiative to improve careers guidance support for pupils, and is offered by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport.
It gives pupils facing choices with regard to their further studies, both at secondary level and in higher education, the chance to obtain valuable information and to make informed decisions to pursue courses that align with their goals for the future.