Career fair opens pupil’s eyes to the world

  • Future fire chief: Ahmi Hardy, 6, was all smiles as Elliot Primary School students participated in the school’s career fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Future fire chief: Ahmi Hardy, 6, was all smiles as Elliot Primary School students participated in the school’s career fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Rapt attention: Elliot Primary School students learn about job opportunities at the school’s career fair

    Rapt attention: Elliot Primary School students learn about job opportunities at the school’s career fair
    (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Sarrah Hamza, Educator of Bermuda Zoological Society (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Sarrah Hamza, Educator of Bermuda Zoological Society (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Zaden Foggo,6 touching a snake from the Aquarium  (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Zaden Foggo,6 touching a snake from the Aquarium (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is John Dill-Pedro, 6, with a miniature pony (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is John Dill-Pedro, 6, with a miniature pony (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Koa Lightbourne, 7  (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Koa Lightbourne, 7 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Damora Burgess, 6 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Elliot Primary School students enjoying the day learning about job opportuinites at Career Fair - Pictured is Damora Burgess, 6 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)


A career fair at a Devonshire school was designed to help pupils find their passion, the school’s head said yesterday.

Kimberly Creighton, principal at Elliot Primary School, said that the event, held for the third time, was created to help showcase different jobs to schoolchildren.

She added: “Every year it’s just gotten bigger and bigger.

“The people who are actually doing the careers are passionate about it.

“They’re sharing it with the children and the children are getting excited.” Ms Creighton said that she and school counsellor Clifftina Bowen had come up with the idea for the event.

She said that part of Ms Bowen’s job involved future planing for pupils, including careers.

Ms Creighton added: “We thought, how can we help children to be able to understand more about the types of careers that are available?”

Azae Burrows, the school’s head girl, said she had enjoyed the event.

The P6 pupil said that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.

Azae, age 10, explained: “I like animals.”

She said she planned to ask the veterinarian who was at the event questions when she visited the display.

Milton Madeira, the school’s head boy, said that the day had helped to show him about some of the educational skills needed for specific jobs.

He explained: “I learnt that to be a chef, the subjects you have to learn are maths, social studies, science and language.”

Milton, age 10, said that he was interested in landscaping.

Ms Bowen said that pupils were excited to take part. She described how one girl who wanted to be a ballerina was able to try on a dress that had been brought to the event by In Motion School of Dance.

Another girl who was interested in law enforcement had the chance to speak with officers from the Bermuda Police Service.

Ms Bowen said: “It’s great to hear how passionate they are about what they want to be.”

She added that feedback from the professionals who had participated had also been positive.

Ms Bowen added: “One gentleman said we should have it twice a year — this is great for the children.”

Photographer Shawn Simmons, the owner of Fotogenik Photography, took part in the event for the second time.

Mr Simmons explained: “I feel that it’s very important for the students to be able to see what’s out there.

“I might have another future photographer here right now.

Mr Simmons added: I just needed to be here for them.”

Sargeant Gavin Carter, with the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Services, said the fair had been “extremely wonderful”.

He added that excited pupils could not keep their hands off the equipment firefighters had brought along.

Mr Carter said: “They’re very interested in what we do.”

Mr Carter, a 24-year-veteran with the BFRS said the event was “one of the most satisfying things”.

He added that he had focused for the last two years on community education and that the event allowed firefighters the chance to talk with pupils about the job, as well as encourage them to practise fire safety.

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Published Jan 31, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 31, 2020 at 8:07 am)

Career fair opens pupil’s eyes to the world

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