The employability day is not a new trend for the college, and follows a tradition of hosting employability events at the centre. The college’s wider employability programme serves to prepare students for life beyond college, including workshops on self-presentation, strategic thinking, running your own business and networking.
A range of employers offered students an insight into different professions and sectors, detailing what may be expected of them in the workplace. Representing the railway industry, TfL, HS2 and Network Rail made an appearance. KPMG, Zurich, Deloitte and WSP brought expertise in business, and the RAF joined British Transport Police in speaking for the public sector. Newcomers to the events, Brunel University joined the Royal Veterinary College in discussing the benefits of going on to Higher Education. The staff from Brunel particularly appreciated the opportunity to speak to students about different pathways upon leaving college.
A spokesperson for HS2 said: “I haven’t done a careers event before, but I think it’s really nice to get out in our community, educating students about the different careers they can take within this company.”
Students fed back positively about the day too. Student Richard Adjei was pleased to better understand how his qualifications would influence his job and pay in the future, going on to say that the event was “very useful in teaching me how many different jobs there are for these companies.”