CHOOSING a future career can be a minefield when you are a teenager. Some may already have it mapped out, while others have yet to decide which path to take in life.
An initiative to give the area’s S3 pupils a helping hand saw more than 1,000 children visit Moray College UHI.
A three-day taster course by college staff was supported by all eight secondary schools in Moray.
Designed to give them an insight into further and higher education, the event was the biggest ever undertaken by the college, which is now part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Associate director Jackie Andrews has taken on responsibility for the schools liaison in recent years and along with colleague Lorraine Campbell planned this week’s taster session.
The event also involved other partners such as Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian.
Youngsters keen on pursuing a medical career attended sessions at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, while those looking to learn a trade were hosted by the college’s technology centre.
“The idea is to give the kids an opportunity to see what happens in college, but not necessarily selling Moray College as such,” said Mrs Andrews.
“College is very much an integrated part of the school timetable and we have lots of children coming here to do higher and intermediates courses."
What did the youngsters themselves think of the experience and what are their aspirations for the future?
‘The Northern Scot’ spoke to some of the third year pupils involved in the taster event, when more than 300 pupils from Speyside High, Milne’s High and Forres Academy were involved.
Speyside High pupil Myles McPherson was in the process of preparing a pizza mix when he said: “It is exciting. I would like to be a chef because I have always liked cooking. My mum owns the Clockhouse Restaurant in Tomintoul and I help her with the dishes.”
Sandra Mackellar, Speyside High, and Lisa Crawford, Forres Academy, were investigating the workings of the elbow during a visit to the science department.
“I would like to be a vet,” said Lisa, “because I have always enjoyed working with animals and have a dog at home.”
Being a constable on the beat is the dream job for Sandra, who has always been fascinated by the police force.
Issy Brettell, Forres Academy, was enjoying the college experience. “It is pretty good and a great idea. It should help you decide what you want to do. I am not sure what I want to do yet.”
To read more thoughts of S3 pupils and pictures from the event get a copy of 'The Northern Scot' print version.