As a student in my first year of GCSEs, I have recently been faced with some (admittedly quite minor) decisions to make about what I want to do once I leave school.
Of course, I have been thinking about my future career ever since I was very young. When I was little, my dream job would fluctuate wildly, varying from pop-star to marine biologist and every career between. However, it was not until I was deciding which subjects to take for my GCSEs that I began realistically considering the careers that I would enter into.
Like many people my age, my interests change wildly from week to week, but I have always had a passion for politics and a thirst for any knowledge about the inner workings of the world I live in, especially to do with hard-to-grasp subjects like the economy. This is partly what drew me to doing a work experience placement at OxLEP. The deep involvement of OxLEP with a variety of different businesses gives me an opportunity to see how economic growth is nurtured, providing me with a more thorough understanding of the intricate workings of a local economy.
The diversity of businesses with which OxLEP works also provides me with an insight into a huge range of careers I could go into, many of which I had never considered before (and a few that I had never even realised existed)!
Already, I have been shown the diversity of the Oxford economy, visiting entrepreneurs, employers and educators from around the city. As well as observing the work that OxLEP does, I have been able to look in on a few other businesses; this has provided me with a more inclusive picture of the careers available in Oxfordshire.
In just my first day-and-a-bit of work experience, I have learned a lot. With over three days left, I am excited to see what else work experience at OxLEP will teach me.
Rose Poyser - Work Experience student