On Wednesday 4 December, New College Worcester held its first ever Success in Employment event – a whole school drop down day focusing on careers.
Fortis Living, HOW College, Fujitsu and The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce were just a handful of employers who took part in the day and offered invaluable advice and information to NCW students.
The day was packed full of opportunities for students of all ages, and began with an inspiring welcome speech from vision impaired careers expert Seema Flower, Founder and Managing Director of Blind Ambition. Seema is someone who has overcome much adversity in her life whilst successfully launching her own consultancy business, and hearing her experiences positively propelled students in to the event.
Students split off in to groups to experience a variety of careers and work-based activities throughout the day. These included CV writing workshops, mock interviews, accessing support, how to dress for work and the opportunity to talk to a number of former students who have gone on to achieve successful professions.
A big hit with many students was the Careers Fair which took place in the morning and allowed them to independently meet with a variety of employers to gather information, advice and guidance on what to do after leaving school.
Describing his experience of the day, Year 13 student Alex said: “I really enjoyed having the chance to speak to so many different businesses and organisations. I’m hoping to go in to IT after leaving NCW, so making contact with companies such as Dolphin Interconnect Solutions and Fujitsu was really motivating for me and has made me think more about what I’d like to do within the IT sector.”
Megan Pearce, Account Executive at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It was great to meet NCW students and hear all about their plans for their futures and how they hope to achieve them with goals and guidance. The students were exceptionally inquisitive and full of ambition!”
The day was a huge success in which students took so much from, and it is hoped that Success in Employment will now become an annual event!