Clitheroe workers offer careers advice to students

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EMPLOYEES with diversified technology company 3M – which has a manufacturing site at Clitheroe – are sharing their career experiences online to give students an insight into the world of work.

The company has devised a free online resource for secondary schools. Called “3M Careerwise” ({http:// www.3Mcareerwise.co.uk|www.3Mcareerwise.co.uk}), it is aimed at students aged 11 to 14, particularly those considering their choice of GCSE subjects.

The website uses a questionnaire to help students focus on what interests and motivates them and matches their results with short video interviews of 3M employees who share similar characteristics.

Thirty employees have taken part and reveal such insights as what they were like at school, the jobs they’ve done since then, what they do now and what advice they would give their teenage selves.

Among them is Dave Smith, a former site manager at 3M Clitheroe and now manufacturing operations manager for the company’s drug delivery systems business. He explained: “I didn’t receive much careers advice when I was at school, but was lucky in getting a summer job at a large engineering company and that personal experience opened my eyes to what I wanted to do.

“We hope 3M Careerwise will help students to get a better picture of the range of options for them to aim at. My advice is to not underestimate your abilities – find something you’re passionate about and go for it.”

Giving her support to the launch of the new resource is broadcaster Maggie Philbin, who has championed the importance of students choosing science, technology, engineering and maths subjects as a path to future careers.

Maggie said: “3M Careerwise is a great idea to get the students thinking about the types of careers there are out there and the qualifications they’ll need to pursue them.

“There’s still a wide misconception that doing science subjects at school tends to lead only to careers involving working in a laboratory. The experiences the 3M employees share in the videos show that’s very far from the truth.”

3M Careerwise has been designed to inspire students who use the resource on their own or during group class discussions led by school career advisers.