St Mary’s alumnus returns to represent aerospace manufacturer 

The St Mary’s Catholic College 2023 careers fair was one to remember, for students and staff alike. 

With a huge number of well-known exhibitors in attendance, young people had the invaluable opportunity to engage with an array of representatives and find out more about potential career pathways.  

The event, which runs annually, is a vital part of St Mary’s’ ongoing programme designed to inform students about the opportunities available to them and provide a platform where they can connect with educators and organisations. 

Present on behalf of Airbus, the largest aeronautics space company in Europe, was alumnus Callum McDowell. 

After completing his A-levels at St Mary’s in 2019, Callum progressed to university to pursue an engineering degree apprenticeship, graduating in 2022. He now works in Broughton as part of the Airbus team. 

Many of the St Mary’s staff were taken by surprise when running into Callum at the careers fair, particularly history teacher Mr Smith, who was delighted to reunite with a former student. 

Callum expressed his genuine appreciation for Mr Smith’s teaching style, and the empathetic approach that he takes, also noting that he now takes this same approach when collaborating with his colleagues. 

Students at the school were enthralled to hear about Callum’s journey and relate to his experiences at their school. 

Following the successful event, the team at St Mary’s are now gearing up for their next event, a sixth form information evening where current Year 11 students, from SMCC and other secondary schools, can visit and explore the exciting options at the sixth form, taking place on Tuesday, 14 November.

Representatives at the careers fair spoke to students and inspired them

Headteacher, Kevin Maddocks, said, “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in our 2023 careers fair. It was wonderful to see our students so engaged with the employers, organisations and educators who kindly took time out of their busy schedules to inform our students. 

“We are also thrilled that we had the chance to reunite with former student, Callum McDowell, who now works at Airbus. It’s truly inspiring to witness our alumni thrive following the completion of their time at St Mary’s.” 

Image: (L-R) Mr Smith and Calum McDowell

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