Xaverian College once again hosted its annual Careers Talks event for all our Lower 6th & Level 1&2 students. The objective of the event was to encourage students to explore possibilities in the world of work – to learn more about specific career paths, to gain an understanding of the qualifications required and to be aware of the many options available to them via university or employment.
It was a huge success with over 1000 students attending two of 40 different talks. We welcomed a range of speakers including our partners from the following Universities: Manchester, Salford, MMU, Huddersfield, UCLAN, Edge Hill, Huddersfield, Staffordshire, UA92, Dundee. We also had guest speakers from industry including Balfour Beatty, The NHS, Colliers, Addleshaw Goddard, The Army, the BBC, The Apprenticeship Academy.
Xaverian Ambassadors were on hand to assist in delivering the event by helping our speakers in navigating their way around the campus. Students had an opportunity to sign-up for two talks from 40 different career sectors – from the established career areas of medicine, law, teaching, accountancy, to others such as radio journalism and quantity surveying.
At least two of our speakers were ex-students and they relished returning to our college, “I loved it here and it’s great to come back. The students were so keen it was a pleasure to talk”
Our students had this to say about the event:
“I really enjoyed it. The talk I wanted to do was fully booked, so I opted for Quantity Surveying, I knew absolutely nothing about it, but it was so interesting and really opened up my eyes to a possible career.”
“I went to the engineering talk (aeronautical) and it made me realise how I really need to work on my maths to get into Uni to study it.”
“Absolutely fantastic, I stayed after the talk and the speaker gave extensive details and contact details for further information.”
The Careers Department received lots of positive feedback from our students and our guest speakers. Careers Co-ordinator, Tony Payne said, “This event is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an insight into some careers they never would have considered and also confirm choices they may be thinking of studying in university. It also highlighted the challenges and opportunities for them – whichever path they choose after Xaverian. We are fortunate to have such a good network of partners and staff who work hard to support this event. Thank you all.”