Sharing your story with pupils is one of the most rewarding ways to give back to your school. Every year career events and work experience placements benefit pupils from The Elms to Sixth Form. Get involved in our careers programme and inspire the next generation to look to the future.

A class work in the careers centre

Career talks

With a focus on a specific industry, sharing your experience and sector knowledge provides an invaluable insight for pupils from which they can learn and explore. Talks are usually held at the end of the school day 16:15 – 17:30 during the Michaelmas and Lent terms and can involve a whole year group or a career interest audience of varying ages.

Work Experience

In a recent survey, two thirds of employers said that they look for graduates with relevant work experience because it helps them prepare for work and develop general business awareness.  Work experience during a pupil’s time at Trent can have a significant impact on how they plan their future pathway and the support of Old Tridents can be of significant benefit at this crucial time. Placements can be from one day up to a full week (or more if agreed between pupil and OT).


‘What’s My Line?’ is an annual careers networking evening, which has become a highlight in the careers event calendar. Old Tridents network in quick-fire interviews, inspiring the pupils and sparking their imaginations as they explore a wide variety of careers, some they may not have considered and others they’ve not even heard of. As well as sharing your own interests and career pathway with pupils, this is an opportunity for networking with other OT delegates.

Read about our successful 2019 event