Greater Manchester’s next generation of young professionals have been preparing for life after college and getting an insight into future careers at this year’s ‘What Next 4 U?’ event at Trafford College.
Each year the Altrincham campus hosts one of the largest careers events in the North West and cements the College’s commitment to providing impartial career advice to its students from across all college campuses.
Around 500 students were given time away from their usual study schedule to ensure that they were able to benefit from specialist talks about the opportunities available to them upon completion of their college courses. They also got the chance to meet a number of universities and employers with representatives from various higher education providers and local organisations in attendance to support the region’s future workforce.
Students were eager to learn more about the recruitment process, as well as discovering what they need to do in their final year to apply for jobs or university, including details of student finance.
There were a vast array of exhibitor stands offering advice on careers, work experience, self-employment, voluntary work and university admissions. Students also had the opportunity to network with potential employers such as Greater Manchester Police, EDF Energy and the Army.
One student making the most of gaining new contacts and leads at the event was Youssra Darouache, who aims to pursue a career in teaching. She said: “I really enjoyed the event. I found out everything that I wanted to know and the staff were friendly and supportive, giving me lots of detail about the course which I am particularly interested in. This event has been very useful to find out about the teaching courses available.”
The positive feedback gained from those involved in the event showed that the ‘What Next 4U?’ event was a huge success for students and tutors alike.