Gosport students get food for thought at careers fair

STUDENTS were given a glimpse of what they can aspire for in the future at a careers fair held at St Vincent College.

Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:55 pm
Megan Ritchie, 16, left, and Chelsea-Mae Lucas, 16, with student ambassador Vincent Pericard from the University of Portsmouth Picture: Sarah Standing (161368-7608)

Stalls from universities, the armed forces and apprenticeship schemes were all available to the hundreds of youngsters who all looked to map out their plans for the years to come.

The annual event, which has grown each year, involves months of planning and attracts universities from across the country.

Alistair Lambon, careers and HE manager at St Vincent, said: ‘It has taken months of planning and we are proud that for the third consecutive year the event has grown.

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‘The aim is that students will go away investigating their next step as they have had a chance to directly talk with universities.’

Libby Moore, assistant careers advisor, added: ‘It’s great to see how the students have enjoyed themselves.

‘It’s nerve-wracking the night before as you worry if people are going to turn up to the event or not.’

The college invited students from Bay House, Brune Park Community and Bridgemary to give them an early idea of what their chosen career might be.

Mel Tume, careers advisor at Bridgemary, said: ‘The idea of bringing the students today is to raise the aspirations of the students.

‘We want them not to not just be looking towards college but at the bigger picture and choosing the subjects they may need at A-levels for the future.’

Despite being at St Vincent only a matter of weeks, several students were pointed on the right step at the event.

Shona Moore, 16, said: ‘I’ve been able to get an idea of what I want to do at university after college which is law, criminology and physiology.’

Heaven-Leigh Buckley, 16, said: ‘It’s good that the college have put on the event. We have only been here three weeks and they still are getting us to be speaking with universities.

Andrew Grant, assistant principal at St Vincent, said: ‘We achieved our best ever A-level results this summer and university is a real option for the majority who come to our college.’