How to get your perfect job

Schools careers services advise their students about finding their perfect job. This can be challenging should they be, for example, inundated by a group of boys saying they want to play for their local Premier league football team.

It’s not about shattering their dreams but providing them with realistic options and the information to help and guide them into other potential roles should their football trails not give them the career break they are hoping for.

DES has an active work placement team working with schools throughout Haringey and in Islington to provide work placement experiences and events to assist pupils learn about their options after school.

In December 2018, DES participated in two careers fairs held in Tottenham schools. On both occasions Harry Moore, an apprentice from our sister company, Diamond Build Plc, attended to tell students about his job and how he is making construction his career of choice.

The first event, at Harris Academy Tottenham, featured 25 employers who met small groups of pupils from years 10 and 11 to talk about their profession, work and career routes.

Many pupils asked Harry questions ranging from how he got his apprenticeship; how many days he studies on day release; is his job interesting, to what kinds of buildings does he build and where are they?

The event was also an opportunity to promote Diamond Build’s apprenticeship scheme for all school leavers who may wish to start working at 18 rather than go straight into higher education. Details can be found here:

The second careers event at Park View Academy hosted over 30 employers, sixth form colleges, universities and advice agencies, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the University of Westminster and various local companies, all wishing to promote their career / study / work opportunities.

At both events it was really not surprising to hear a lot of students say they still had no idea what they wanted to do for their career. All we could advise was to encourage them to work hard to get good grades and then they would have more choices and options when leaving school.

Northwood School mentoring programme

Diamond Education Service was asked to mentor a group of year 11 boys at Northwood School in Hillingdon as part of a development programme aimed at keeping the boys on track, motivated and with the aim of helping them reach their full potential at a crucial period in their GCSE preparation.

The programme was held over a period of 15 weeks and the boys were involved in both group and individual sessions with their mentor. Support was given on a number of identified areas such as study skills, anger management, meeting deadlines, and managing difficult situations.

The boys responded extremely well to the attention! Staff at the school were very pleased with the improvement in the boys’ attitude to learning over the mentoring period.

The headteacher, Mark Anderson, said: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for bringing the mentoring programme to Northwood. The students really found it beneficial and in the final few months we saw a real shift in their self-belief and determination to do well. We’d love to be involved in any similar projects in the future.”

The boys were rewarded at the end of the mentoring programme with a game of bubble football on the astro turf pitch at school (see photo), followed by pizza and brownies.

The boys’ year tutor, Dom Beer, said: “I just wanted to let you know that the football was great fun and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Just want to say a massive thank you to you for organising, the boys and myself really appreciate your hard work.”

Mayor of Haringey visits DES

Councillor Ali Gul Ozbek, the Mayor of Haringey, visited Diamond Education Service on 16 December 2016 to hear about the launch of our new company in the borough.

The Mayor is appropriately using his year as the mayor to boost the effectiveness of health and education in the borough and so he was very interested to hear about our work with schools, academies and colleges.

The Mayor is planning to hold another careers fair for Haringey school children in early 2017 and has invited DES and our sister company, Diamond Build plc, to attend; we look forward to assisting the Mayor in his endeavours as education is close to our hearts too.

It was an honour to host the Mayor and we are grateful for the time he took out of his schedule to meet the staff and visit our office in Stamford Road.



The Mayor, Councillor Ali Gul Ozbek (centre) meets DES staff (l-r): Lesley Tucker, John Gray, Linda Prince and Robert Hawker.



The Mayor of Haringey, Councillor Ali Gul Ozbek, in our boardroom, with DES chairman, John Gray.

Diamond Education Service Launch