PUPILS at a Peeblesshire school are being given the opportunity to think about their futures, in both work and education next week.

On Thursday, November 2, Peebles High will host their fifth career fair, which, for the first time ever, will be open to all year groups.

The event runs from 6.30pm to 9pm at the school, with volunteers required to register before 6pm.

The careers evening showcases a joint collaboration between parent-run group PHS 200, Peebles High school, and the local community.

Glenda Barton, chair of PHS 200 told the Peeblesshire News: “The event is all about good, down to earth information. There is something there for everyone. Younger people will benefit from having informal chats with real people with real jobs, to find out what a day in their shoes looks and feels like.

“It might sometimes feel like it’s too early in their lives to be thinking about work, but putting some thoughts early on about careers has been proven to increase chances of success later on. At the other end of the spectrum, senior students might be more interested in seeking advice on personal statement writing, finding out more about apprenticeships or college and university applications.

“Finally with around 80 exhibitors present, it’s also a great opportunity to network, and maybe self-find your next job experience.”

On the night, young people and their parents will be invited to go through the stalls, organised under a “market style” format, and organised by sector, and have a chat with volunteers.

Gillian Gess, PT Pastoral at Peebles High said: “We are very grateful that we are being supported so well by local communities and employers, who year after year give a bit of their time to come and inspire the next generation.

“The young people really benefit from getting to speak to as wide a range of people as possible, from hairdressers to barristers, from serial entrepreneurs to recent graduates taking their first steps in the world of work. It is all invaluable in informing and shaping the future of our young people”

The event relies heavily on volunteers donating their time to come and speak to the young people. Some spaces are still left, and anyone who may be able to help with the initiative should email careersevent@outlook.com