Collyer’s welcomed Caribtours MD Paul Cleary to the college for a session with students focussing on employability. Kensington based Caribtours specialise in luxury tailor-made holidays to locations across the globe, including the Caribbean.
Paul took part in a TV style Q&A with students, focussing on his meteoric career journey in the travel industry. He also gave a candid and fascinating insight into life in the world of travel, together with advice about how students can be employable in the future.
Lucy Hargreaves, Collyer’s Employability Programme Co-ordinator, said: “It was incredibly generous of Paul to accept our invitation and give up so much of his valuable time to prepare for and take part in today’s session; our students really enjoyed the lively Q&A.”
The second-year students who attended the session were those currently studying the innovative Employability Programme at
Collyer’s. The course, taught by deputy principal Steve Martell, has been uniquely designed by the college to help students into the world of work with the help of taught sessions, workshops, trips and a host of inspiring special guests.
Steve Martell asked Paul about life as a top MD, why he’d chosen his career path and his role models. Steve said: “Massive thanks to Paul. He’s incredibly humble about his success story, which is so refreshing. Paul’s also hugely inspiring and our lovely students confidently asked really intelligent questions, which was great to see.”
Second year student Taylor Longhurst, who alongside his A-levels is studying the Employability course at Collyer’s, said: “Paul was an amazing guest! The session was really helpful for the future.”
Paul was impressed with the Employability Programme, the students and their questions. Paul said: “They were a great bunch, a credit to the college. They were all really engaged and involved. I enjoyed my time with them and hope that they may have gleaned something of interest from the session”