Networking lunch for Collyer’s students

Last week, Collyer’s welcomed Working Options in Education, who arranged for prestigious speakers to visit the Ofsted Outstanding College to share their experiences with students. Lauren Monk (Working Options Ambassador and National Development Manager, Monkey Business Foundation), Al Gunn (Sales Director, Boost Drinks), Chris Craig (Commercial Director, The Silverspoon Company) and Julia Dixon (National Account Controller for Diageo) all gave inspiring and entertaining talks.

The top business leaders spoke about their career journey since leaving school, college or university, and then there was an opportunity for the students to network over lunch, find out about what employers are looking for, how to stand out from others, and prepare for the world of work.

Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Programme Co-ordinator, felt the session was a huge success: “The level of student engagement and enthusiasm was impressive and testament to the inspiring guest speakers.”

The aim of the busy and insightful session was to help students from across the college, including those currently studying the new Collyer’s Employability Programme, gain an understanding of career paths and the world of work.

Senior Tutor Ian McAlister, who also presents at HE and progression events at Collyer’s, said: “The college’s numerous progression activities this year will include guest speakers, mock interviews, employability skills workshops, Not Going to Uni (NG2U) evenings, HE Evenings, HE Fairs, Oxbridge Trips and a host of other events in conjunction with key national, regional and local partner organisations.”

During the presentations, students were able to ask the experts probing questions about the world of work and possible career paths.

Working Options Ambassador Lauren Monk told the students: “The work Collyer’s is doing in this area is outstanding and I’ve been very impressed with the students I’ve met today.”

Collyer’s Vice Principal, Steve Martell was delighted: “Today has been a massive success all-round. The students loved it! Huge thanks to these incredibly successful business experts for taking time out to help Collyer’s students plan for their futures.”

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