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WQE celebrates National Careers Week in style

The College was really pleased this year to be able to host two Careers Fairs which involved almost 100 individual representatives from around 40 organisations and were attended by over 500 students and parents.

 

Our main College Careers Fair took place on 16 March.  This is our flagship event and we were delighted to welcome employers from a range of sectors including engineering, accounting, professional and financial services, banking, retail, transport and logistics, dental nursing, health and many more!  We also had representatives from the Police and the Armed Forces to talk about their opportunities and a range of Apprenticeship providers who were able to chat to students about alternatives to University like Higher or degree Apprenticeships. As a new addition this year we also had Mr Dajee Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society to talk about the range of different career paths within psychology. We also had Connexions Leicester City on hand to offer careers advice and guidance to students.

 

Our exhibitors included employers who have supported our Careers Fair for many years and new partners like Rolls Royce, East Midlands Airport and Waitrose.  The Careers Fair was extremely well attended with around 400 students and their parents taking the opportunity to meet and talk directly to employers and other organisations about opportunities available and to get some hints and tips for success.

Employers commented on how well prepared and engaged our students were which was fantastic to hear.

This was followed up by our first ever Creative Industries Careers Fair – again we welcomed a number of employers and Universities to College to talk to students who have a particular interest in finding about the wide range of opportunities that are available in the creative sector.

 

As well as University representatives including Brunel, Leicester and Nottingham Trent we also had

  • a local artist and printmaker
  • a milliner
  • a graphic designer and design studio manager
  • representatives from global design agency Checkland Kindleysides
  • Pedestrian, a community arts organisation
  • A local student who has set up her own business selling fashion online
  • Our very own CURVE

We were delighted that the University of Bradford brought their Outside Broadcast truck to College which students were able to go and have a look round.

 

This Careers Fair was a great success and we’re hoping it becomes a firm fixture on our Careers Calendar for next year.

If you would like any more information or you are an employer and want to talk about how we could work together please contact Kate O’Farrell, Careers Education Manager on 0116 2472982, email kate.ofarrell@wqe.ac.uk


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