Industry Week 2018: Learning from the Professionals

22nd November 2018

Students from across the college were lucky enough to gain an insight into their possible careers recently when they had the chance to hear from the professionals during Industry Week.

Industry Week is an annual week-long event that invites companies, education providers and professionals from varying backgrounds, organisations and industries to share their knowledge with current students. Hearing from experts in their respective fields, the week is not only a great way for students to start thinking about their plans after college, but an eye-opening opportunity to discover the many different directions their qualifications could take them.

Industry Links

Working with local partners and business connections, the college’s careers team and subject areas were able to create a timetable with something for everyone. This year, students had the opportunity to hear from and work alongside companies such as: The Mayflower Theatre, University Hospital Southampton, Office for National Statistics, Spymonkey Comedy, Paperbirds Theatre Company, Saints Foundation, BDO Accountancy, Greenview Care Home, Carnival Cruises, Reed Recruitment, Testlands Multisport Coaching, Southampton Solent University, Advantec, the University of Winchester, University of Southampton, Nuffield Theatres, the University of Law, the Midas Group and many more.

With nearly 50 different talks, workshops and networking opportunities taking place across the week on a range of topics:  From music production, writing music for gaming, paediatric nursing, sports coaching, radio presenting through to careers in marketing, dementia care, criminal case studies and STEM speed networking – students really were spoiled for choice!

Some were also lucky enough to take part in dedicated masterclasses from some of the best in the business, with Musical Theatre students being put through their paces by renowned West End performer Ivan De Frietas, and music students getting some of the best jazz tuition you could possibly hope for from Nikki Yeoh – jazz pianist, composer, and Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 2017.

Careers manager, Helen Grace, spoke about how important the week is for future planning:

“This week provides so many valuable experiences for students and brings to life a lot of what the careers team is all about. We work to encourage students to think bigger, think differently, and think further when it comes to their future prospects. With approximately 8000 careers in the world, Industry Week is a great opportunity to showcase to students a snippet of what is out there.

It’s also a great opportunity for students to find out exactly what employers expect from an individual so that they can work to ensure they leave armed with the correct employability skills in order to succeed.”