Eager pupils at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College in Kingstanding have been given the chance to explore potential career opportunities earlier this month with the expert advice from top West Midlands recruitment agency, AF Selection.

AF Selection director, Debra Bullmore-Dunn, spent a day educating pupils about their futures in the workforce and the road to success by giving them CV writing lessons and teaching them about social media awareness.

Debra also provided insight into harnessing their strengths and searching for the right role. She also highlighted the importance of dressing professionally for an interview and how to deal with the ‘inevitable rejection’ from a potential employer.  

Debra said she is committed to creating awareness about the importance of employability and proper interview preparation for students in both university and secondary school.   

Mrs  Bullmore-Dunn added: “When I was approached to speak to Year 11 students at Cardinal Wiseman, I accepted without hesitation.  It was an honour and pleasure to get to know these bright pupils and hear their inspiring stories. I was amazed at the level of behaviour and enthusiasm each of them demonstrated throughout the day and I know they will all succeed in whatever they put their minds to.”  

Christina Stewardson, headteacher at the school on Old Oscott Hill, said: “Cardinal Wiseman is committed to providing its pupils with the education and guidance to not only help them reach their full potential, but believe that they can. Secondary school is where pupils discover what particular talent and passion they have; what job or role is going to make them happy and then we start them on their path to brilliance. The journeys they will make are their own; the learning is theirs but we will walk with them and enable them to be their best in every aspect of themselves.”

Founded in 1988, AF Selection is a specialist recruitment agency built on the basis of good values and with a strong sense of purpose and integrity. They work with a variety of integrated and independent agencies ranging from small independent companies to world renowned organisations.