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Students look to a bright future at careers fair

Large national companies, the uniformed services and representatives from universities brought the world of studies and employment to life at West Nottinghamshire College today (6 March) for the annual careers fair during National Careers Week (4-8 March).

Organised by the college’s careers and employability team, the careers fair offered students the chance to look towards their futures, whether they wish to progress to further study at college, university or enter the world of work.

Giving advice at the fair were representatives from the Royal Navy, The Army Reserve Centre and Nottinghamshire Police. Universities present included Lincoln University, DeMontfort University Sheffield Hallam and The Nottingham University of Law amongst others.

Staff from the West Notts College-based Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP) were present to advise students about the many kinds of Higher Education choices and raising their aspirations for advancing on to this level of study.

Students could also find out how to seek employment for companies such as The Body Shop, Avon, Everyone Health and The National Citizen Service.

Level 3 Forensic Science student Cellan Dixon, 17, obtained information from East Midlands Ambulance Service about volunteering opportunities.

He said:

“Joining the paramedics is something I’d like to do eventually.

“I’ve found it interesting today as I’ve discovered that you can volunteer for the service, doing driving jobs for the community, which is a brilliant asset to have on your CV before applying for jobs with them.”

Throughout the week the careers team has offered students mock interview skills, guidance with job applications and CVs as well as guidance for future progression.

Employability and progression manager Maxine Buttery said:

“This week has been a great opportunity to remind students of all the help the team can offer them. Getting prepared for job searching and interviews can be a minefield and seem very daunting but hopefully we’ve been able to allay some fears and get our learners excited about preparing for their future careers.

“We’re available all year round for help and guidance and it’s not just students, but members of the public can come along and use our advisory service and get support.”


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