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Empowering students’ futures during National Careers Week 2022

Tuesday 15 March 2022

From guest lectures to careers clinics, Selby College students enjoyed a wide range of activities as part of National Careers Week 2022 – helping to provide them with the information and guidance they need to make their next steps.

National Careers Week 2022, which took place between Monday 7th March until Saturday 12th March, aims to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

At Selby College, the week started with a Mini Film Festival for students which was held by Social Vision, a consultancy who offers services to support the community. The festival featured a number of short films including inspirational young people across the world in the fields of extreme sport, outdoor pursuits, technology, sport and education.

To mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8th March, Greencore hosted a number of careers sessions on Science, Technology, English and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The presentations were delivered from Greencore representatives within Accounts, Human Resources, Recruitment and Product Development.

The guest speaker line up for the week also included Hilary Price Jones FCIPD MAR, a local business woman and the College’s Enterprise Adviser, who delivered multiple presentations about interview skills. Furthermore, students were able to take part in a Careers Clinic with Hilary, where they were able to get one-to-one advice regarding interview techniques.

We always aim to give our students the best careers resources, information and advice so that they can effectively explore the different career options which are available to them. This National Careers Week has been packed full of activities, including a range of guest speakers, workshops and employers and university stands, which has left our students feeling inspired, motivated and equipped to make informed choices about their next steps.

Helen Howard, Careers Advisor at Selby College

As part of the College’s onsite Careers Fair, businesses from an array of industries such as the Armed Forces, Energy, Hospitality and Catering, Retail and more, spoke to students about potential career paths.

Companies such as Babcock’s, Clipper, Community First Yorkshire, Drax, Kings Croft Hotel, Legal and General and PPS Power exhibited in the Careers Fair, as well as East Riding Council and Selby Council and the Army and Navy as part of the Armed Forces.

Prior to the Careers Fair, employers were invited to take part in a networking session over breakfast with the College’s Business Services team to discuss how they can support their business needs.

After being unable to invite employers onsite over the past two years due to the pandemic, it was fantastic to see our students engaging with local and national businesses as part of the fair, enabling them to explore different career options and industries all in one place. This not only helps their progression as aspiring young professionals, but it allows them to get their foot in the door with businesses, which will ultimately create opportunities for them when they leave College. I would like to say a big thank you to the employers who joined us at the Careers Fair and our Employers Breakfast. Businesses such as these are critical in supporting young people when leaving education and progressing onto a new destination, whether that is onto employment, an Apprenticeship or other opportunities.

Rebecca James, Work Placement Coordinator at Selby College

Universities from across the UK also exhibited within the College’s Jubilee Building on Thursday, enabling students to explore all of their post-18 options in one place.

In addition to Selby College’s own Higher Education provision, universities such as CU Scarborough, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam and York St John, attended the event.

The College ended the week with its Year 11 Taster Day on Saturday 12th March, which saw prospective students try out a number of subjects/areas that they are interested in studying after they leave school – giving them a taste of what student life at Selby College is like.

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Employers Fair 2022