Career Champions

Children and young people need to be proficient in the eight essential skills in order to thrive at every level. These essential skills are:


Listening: The ability to listen and understand information.

Presenting: The oral transmission of information or ideas.
Problem Solving: The ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.
Creativity: The use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.
Staying Positive: The ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.
Aiming High: The ability to set clear, tangible goals & devise a robust route to achieving them.
Leadership: Supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.
Teamwork: Working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

Children need to be equipped with the essential skills to succeed - and to truly equip children for the future, we must start building these skills from the very start of school, and keep going throughout.

The changing world makes it more important than ever to invest in building a set of essential skills in our children and young people: the ability to creatively solve problems, to manage themselves, to communicate effectively, or to work well with others.

While frequently called for by employers and universities, really these skills are about giving our children the resources to thrive in their childhood, as much as the rest of their lives.

Increasingly, too, teachers are adamant that their pupils need these skills – in a recent survey 97% of people said that these skills were at least as important as academic achievements for their children and young people.

Sandown's Career Cafe

On Wedensday 12th February 2020, Sandown held a Careers Cafe where 20 volunteers all with a different job: Vet, Policeman, Paramedic, Paleontologist, Civil Servant and many more came in to share their skills and experiences with 450 children. Every child spoke to at least 4 professions:

Sandown would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and the children.

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