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Careers Day motivates students to aim for fantastic futures

Students were given food for thought about their futures at an informative Higher Education and Careers Day held in College.

More than 60 representatives from universities, employers, training agencies and apprenticeship providers were available all day in the Careers Fair to answer questions, while guest speakers gave specialist presentations throughout the morning on everything from working in the City and studying at University and abroad, to jobs in TV and teaching, careers in Midwifery and opportunities in Medicine.

Many former students came back to College to inspire others with stories of their successful careers which ranged from a lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering to a Reservations Manager at a hotel in Kensington.

On the day, which was organised by the College’s CUBE staff (Careers, University, Business links and Employment), students were also able to attend workshops on creating a CV, interview skills, student finance, volunteering, how to choose a university course and writing a personal statement.

Students gave a huge thumbs up to the event, saying they found it very beneficial. One said: “I really enjoyed it and it made me realise that I had a lot of options other than going to University."

Another said it was good to go to the talks to hear from people who had top positions in companies and knew what the job market was all about.

Employers and other visitors also gave great feedback, commenting that the students were very engaged and were a credit to the College.

High achieving pupils from Havering secondary schools were invited to attend a presentation by Maria McElroy, from Cambridge University, who spoke to them about applying to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities and what to expect at interviews.

Leader of the CUBE, Nikki Phelps, said: “It was great to have so many former students coming back. When current students see that someone who went to the same College and grew up in the same community has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them to see it’s possible for them too.

“Hopefully our students will benefit from the day by being inspired to work hard and achieve the grades they need in order to pursue their career goals.”

 

Discover what some of our students go on to achieve once they leave us on our Where Are They Now? page