National Careers Week a huge success

This year’s National Careers Week at South Essex College and University Centre South Essex was a huge success, with over 30 industry leaders and professionals celebrating the diverse range of opportunities available in the South East.

Running from 1-5 March, National Careers Week prepared students for their future careers and engaged with industry professionals on a wide range of topics such as progression, cv writing, apprenticeships, self-confidence, motivation, resilience, self-employment, labour market information and how COVID might affect their choices.  

Students engaged with industry speakers from both the UK and Europe, covering sectors from public services, sport, gaming, performing arts, engineering, construction, business, media, fashion, motor, hospitality, logistics, health and education. 

Josh Thorn, a previous Access to Nursing and Midwifery student who is now studying Paramedic Science at Anglia Ruskin University, inspired health and social care students with his journey back into education and his passion for the industry. He said: ''Being asked to return to the college to deliver a session was a great feeling knowing that only a year and a half ago I was a South Essex College student and to see how far I have come as a person and in academia encourages me to help other fellow students who are embarking on their own journey.''

University Centre South Essex hosted tailored sessions to the specific needs of the undergraduate students, which included a mock assessment centre, LinkedIn training, staying employable during a pandemic, building an outstanding CV, think like a recruiter and how to gain work experience with no experience.  

The feedback received from students at the University Centre South Essex was fantastic, with one student commenting: “I thought it was really helpful and I have come away feeling really confident for the future in applications and interviews (whereas before I really did doubt myself).”

“I think it has been a greatly informative week and would highly recommend to anyone in the future.”

Sally Webb, Careers Manger said: “I would like to thank all our guest speakers and staff for supporting the college with the delivery of what has been a record-breaking National Careers Week. Without everyone’s support, the week would not have been the great success that it is has been and allowed our students to become more informed when they explore their options.”

To find out more about the colleges Careers Team visit https://www.southessex.ac.uk/services-and-support/careers-advice