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Higher Education and Careers event inspires students to aim for fantastic futures

A Higher Education and Careers Day offering students ideas to plan their next steps for a successful future was held at College.

The event, which ran all day, involved universities, employers, apprenticeship providers and training agencies and was attended by more than 1,000 lower sixth students.

There were 50 different stands at the Careers Fair where representatives were available to answer questions, hand out prospectuses or leaflets and give advice.

There were also 68 talks for students to choose from, where guest speakers gave informative presentations on everything from Student Finance, Student Life and How to Choose a University course to Roles in TV and Film Production, Careers in Nursing, Routes into Teaching, Careers in Business and Finance, Working in the Fashion and Music industries, Working Abroad and Gap Year opportunities.

Selected Year 10 and 11 pupils from six partner schools – Bower Park, Gaynes, Coopers, Sanders, Brittons and Royal Liberty - also visited the Careers Fair and were then given an Aim Higher presentation by Maria McElroy, from Queen’s College, Cambridge, on applying to Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

The event gave students a huge variety of options to consider, such as applying to university, signing up for training with employment, taking a gap year abroad, or thinking about a career they had not realised existed.

Students were very positive about the day, with many saying it was informative and had helped them make decisions about their choices after College.

Student Kai Halton said: “The Careers Day has helped me decide to study international relations at university. I now feel much more motivated to study hard at College.”

Another student said: “I went to the talk about how to become a teacher and I now know all the routes you can go through to get into teaching. To have a whole day to research and think seriously about your future was really good.”

The visiting guests were also impressed with the College and students, with one speaker saying the students listening to her talk were very engaged and asked lots of relevant questions and in all her 10 years of attending careers fairs, they were the most enthusiastic students she had met.

Kieron Lock, who was representing The Brokerage company, and gave a talk about Careers in Finance and the City, said: “I can honestly say this is the best careers fair I have attended for a long time, and I’ve had a stand at a lot this year! The students were keen and engaged, and it was very well organised.”

Manager of The CUBE, Nikki Phelps, who organised the day with her team, said: “It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.

“I was delighted with the overall success of the event. The feedback from representatives and students has all been very positive. Hopefully, students will benefit by being focussed and inspired to achieve the grades they need in their forthcoming exams in order to pursue their career goals.”