On Monday, Dean Close School held its first Careers Conference, opened by business tycoon George Davies, the serial brand creator who launched ‘Next’ in the 1980s before moving to start the fashion label ‘George at Asda’ in the 1990s. The Conference was a step up from the Careers Fair that established itself at Dean Close two years ago.

Dean Close Sixth Formers and the last five years of leavers benefitted from the day-long event which will featured a keynote welcome speech from George Davies, who shared his words of wisdom about his experiences of building a number of brands over his career. This was followed by 11 motivational and careers focused seminars with topics including ‘Outlaws, In-laws and Harvey Spectre: the Law as a career’, ‘Engineering – your path to diversity’, ‘A career in renewable energy’ and ‘A career in financial services’.

In the afternoon, the Prep School Hall turned into an Exhibition Centre featuring 20+ visiting stands with representatives from Brewin Dolphin, Facebook, Schlumberger, The Bloodhound Project, Barclays, Oxford Instruments, Hartpury College and the Diocese of Gloucester, amongst others. Pupils had the opportunity to discuss a number of careers with visiting companies including engineering, law, scientific projects, charity work, graphic design, architecture, journalism. A number of exhibitors attending were former pupils and parents of Dean Close School who embraced the opportunity to come back and give us the benefit of their own experiences.

The event finished with a drinks reception for everyone involved.