Over the last term there has been even more employer engagement within the College. In addition to our well researched and supported careers advice we have had talks from industry professionals, drop in CV workshops, mock job interviews and much more. The students have responded to this with loads of enthusiasm and we have had some fantastic success stories as students begin to take their first steps into the world of work. Below we go into detail on two of the best experiences this term.
Deputy Director for Housing Policy at the Department for Work and Pensions (and former student) Neil Johnson returned to Sir John Hunt to mentor students regarding their career choices and aspirations. Neil, along with his colleague and Civil Service apprentice Rian Matanky-Becker spent the morning working with students to develop a career plan that refl ected on their current goals, skills and qualities and enabled them to think and plan for the future and their choices.
Neil also talked of his journey through Sir John Hunt and his development into one of the most senior advisors to government. Currently he is working on Brexit negotiations and attending the G7 Summit to take part in further talks.
Neil has generously agreed to work with these students throughout their academic career and support them as they make important choices. This also includes a visit to the DWP Head Office in London later in the year so that students will see the wealth of opportunities that are available to them within the Civil Service.
We were also lucky enough to have Plymouth Argyle Manager, Derek Adams take some time out from his busy schedule to come and talk to thirty students about his role as the city’s football club manager and about his experiences and exciting career journey.
Derek is a Scottish football manager and former player. He has been the manager of football league one club Plymouth Argyle since 2015. He played professionally for six different clubs, including Ross County and Motherwell where he made over one hundred league appearances for both teams.
During his talk he emphasised how important it is for anyone to make a good first impression and how vital it is to gain good qualifications. As a result students went away with a clearer understanding of employee expectations as well as a glimpse into the world of professional football.
We are looking forward to an exciting calendar of events next term as we aim to inspire students to greater heights.
Career, Event & Marketing Coordinator