P7 have had a fantastic day learning about the world of work!
We started our day listening to Gavin Ross, our Community Police Officer. He explained to us what lead him to become a Police Officer and the challenges you can face on a daily basis. Gavin told us to make sure that at the end of each day you can tell someone something interesting you have done. All these interesting things help you to build life experience.This is very important for when you want to stand out from everyone else during an interview to get the job you want!
We then met Matt Bower, a Water Scientist who works for the Scottish Government. His team of trained specialists have the important role of inspecting the quality of water that Scottish Water supply to all of our homes. Matt explained the qualifications and experience he needed to be successful in his career and what he enjoys about his job.
P7 were then in introduced to three different people, all with completely different careers! We met Robert Thomson, a Firefigher Crew Commander, Kristina Lorimer, a Lifeguard and trained swim instructor and our very own Miss Cleland!
Robert took us through a day in the life of a firefighter. From checking equipment is working correctly, training drills, writing incident reports to of course responding to emergency calls! As Robert is a crew commander, he also has the added responsibility of being in charge of ensuring the safety of his crew members. He told us that to be a good firefighter you need to have quick decision making skills and a lot of common sense. Check out our photos of trying on a full firefighter’s outfit and breathing apparatus!
Kristina told us that she loved swimming when she was growing up and was never out of the pool. This lead her to train to become a lifeguard and swim instructor. Kristina needs to complete safety training every week to improve her lifesaving skills. We were lucky enough to be shown how to perform CPR in the case of an emergency.
We lastly found out that Miss Cleland has had a very interesting work life so far! She enjoyed science at school and studied at university to become a scientist and work in Charles Rivers Laboratory. She then decided that she wanted to become a teacher and trained to teach in primary schools.
All of our visitors had one really important message for P7. They told us that the best job you can have is a job you enjoy. They all reinforced that if you are not interested and have a passion for what you do then your working career is going to be very boring indeed!
Read our reflections from today:
‘I learned that the Police use the same fitness test as the Armed Forces.’
‘I now know how to perform CPR!’
‘I enjoyed seeing firefighting equipment close up.’
‘I liked finding out about different lifeguard equipment.’
‘I enjoyed listening to Gavin talking about the different crimes he has dealt with.’
‘Gavin said that the best weapon is communication.’
‘I didn’t know that a pool could be so dangerous!’
‘I learned what a Water Scientist is.’
‘You need to be fit to be a Police Officer.’
‘I really enjoyed learning about the Police.’
‘You only use two fingers when giving a baby CPR.’
‘I liked learning how water is cleaned.’
‘I found it interesting that Gavin has never needed to use his baton.’
‘I learned that there are 400 water deaths a year in the UK.’
‘Always choose a job you think you will enjoy because if you don’t it will not be much fun!’