2018 Progression Fair

Peter Symonds College held its annual Progression Fair, sponsored by The Symondians Association, aimed at current students showcasing a diverse array of different career and education options after college and beyond.

Over 90 employers, higher education institutions and organisations exhibited at the largest event of its kind to be held at the College. Students were offered information and advice on the wide variety of training, educational and career opportunities available to them, ranging from degrees, higher and degree apprenticeships, training courses, employment, studying abroad and other useful practical information. Peter Symonds also welcomed pupils from local schools to come and benefit from the fair, in the hope of encouraging Year 11 students to consider what careers they may wish to pursue in the future before choosing which A level subjects to study.

Many top universities from as near as the University of Winchester and as far afield as Barcelona exhibited, as well as well-known brands including Nationwide Building Society, Aldi, Fujitsu, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs.

Fiona Filder and Ioanna Sheard from Hopper, Williams and Bell (HWB) Chartered Accountants said, “This is a very well organised, excellent event. It gives us the opportunity to speak to lots of students and tell them about our apprenticeships and graduate training scheme. It also gives us the opportunity to meet other local employers.”

Julia White from financial firm BDO said, “It is really busy and we have had lots of good conversations with students who are interested in joining us in the future. We would definitely come back again to this event.”

Other exhibitors commented that the event was very busy and it was well worth attending. Over 1,500 students visited the event during the first two hours.

Debbie Mahoney, Head of Careers at Peter Symonds says, “I think that the event went extremely well and we had over 2,500 students attend, which is the biggest ever and many exhibitors ran out of literature! We worked hard to increase the variety of exhibitors attending this year, with new representatives from Goldman Sachs; Home Office Border Force; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Merchant Navy Training Board.”

Students commented, “The event is useful in obtaining an idea about courses at different universities.” “Really useful as I didn’t have a clue as to what I might like to do next, but I have a much better idea now.” “Really valuable to be able to speak to representatives face to face.” “Everyone is really informative, helpful and friendly.”

The timing of the College's Progression Fair falls just before National Apprenticeship Week, which highlights to students all over the UK an alternative route to many brilliant careers and also National Careers Week. Peter Symonds also held its own Careers Week recently, involving a varied daily programme for current students including speakers from a huge range of courses and careers from Medicine, Anthropology, TV Journalism and Oceanography, to Civil Engineering, the Royal Navy, Teaching, Midwifery and Pharmacy.

Christine Alsford, Social Affairs Correspondent at ITV, one of the speakers at the event said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation, give them a realistic insight into the word of work and tell them how brilliant working in TV journalism is. It is tough out there, but if students are committed and work hard, they will succeed.”

Posted on 22/03/18 at 16:03

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