DUMBARTON Academy hosted a careers fair last week to introduce pupils to the many opportunities they have for their futures.

The event on Wednesday attracted employers such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Keppie Design, Babcock, Lloyd’s bank, the Golden Jubilee Foundation, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Lockheed Martin, Loch Lomond Golf Club, West College Scotland and The Ginger-Bread Man in Helensburgh - as well as your Dumbarton Reporter.

It will help pupils from various years choose subjects to study and potential directions for their future.

Eilidh Wilson is a former pupil of the school herself but was back representing the Institute of Civil Engineers.

She liked graphics in school and originally considered architecture before she and her dad looked into options.

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The 24-year-old said: “We never had much of this when I was at school, so that’s the reason I come back and tell them about what I do.

“A lot more young women are interested in civil engineering and it’s so great.”

Charlotte Wallace, manager for volunteering, engaging and programming at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, said such events help make pupils aware of both employment and volunteer options locally.

She said: “We tend to get young people passionate about the outdoors but they don’t know what they want to do yet. But we are able to connect them to what we are doing here.

“We’re helping as many young people as possible learn about the benefits of the park.”

Head Teacher Claire McInally said: “The event was a great success and we received lots of positive feedback from both parents and employers.

“Our pupils will now be supported through their subject choices in possession of a wide range of information about current and future employability trends, as well as knowledge of the opportunities studying specific subjects might open up for them beyond school.”