Students Inspired by Industry Professionals at College Careers Day
Peter Symonds students spent a day listening to and quizzing a record number of more than 100 external speakers including academics, industry leaders, local specialists and representatives from global corporations as part of the college’s annual Careers Day, held on Tuesday 6 February.
Students had access to professionals from a wide variety of organisations including law firms, higher and further educational establishments, the Armed Forces, healthcare companies, the performing arts, and public services including nursing, midwifery and the police. Each student attended between three and six sessions and there were more than 140 specialist talks held over the course of the day.
The event, sponsored by Solent University and the University of Southampton, also enabled Symonds students to pick up practical information on areas such as budgeting after college and how to secure an international placement year as part of a UK degree course.
Head of Careers, Debbie Mahoney, said: “Careers Day is always an incredible opportunity for students to gain an insight into the diverse range of options available beyond Symonds. It is essential for students to stay abreast of developments in a rapidly evolving labour market, to be aware of the most in-demand careers and also of what could be on the horizon. New talks this year include those on careers in sustainability; artificial intelligence and data science; the space industry and mental health. Keeping students ahead of the curve is a key element of what we do.
“We’re also especially honoured when alumni return to the college and share lessons from their own journeys. Environmental consultant, Ella Moseley, is blazing a trail in sustainability; entrepreneur, Christopher Amedu, discussed managing a community of entrepreneurs in conjunction with his own business; investment manager, David Kness, provided an insight into his evolving world of managing and building wealth for individuals and institutions, and Marcus Kaye of IBM covered the growing area of software engineering.”
The next highlight in the careers calendar is the Progression Fair which takes place on Thursday 22 February. This hugely popular exhibition-style event enables students to meet representatives from higher education and employment, as well as training providers and other specialists for next step advice on their options beyond Symonds.
Posted: 8 February 2024
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