From Wednesday 26 June to Tuesday 2 July, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) students had the opportunity to meet many universities, employers and alumni to receive information for their future careers.
Talks from guest universities included St Mary’s University, who spoke about student life, University of West London, talking to Health & Social Care and Science students, University of Portsmouth, informing IT students about course and career options, The Open University, giving information about Degree Apprenticeships. Royal Holloway University of London, who is part of the project StoryFutures together with RuTC and other training providers and employers, hosted interactive virtual reality sessions with the students.
Employers, including The British Army, Financial Times, chef Malcolm John, Orange Tree Theatre, Barclays and SupaNetwork, gave RuTC students an insight into their companies, recruiting processes and offered practical workshops. Austin Sharp, RuTC alumnus and founder of boiler, bathroom and kitchen specialist company WeFix, talked to Business and Construction students about how his experiences at RuTC shaped his career and what it takes to start your own business.
Other RuTC alumni offered practical catering workshops and training with Health & Social Care students. Livvy Jones, alumnus and former Student Award winner at RuTC, talked about her journey from college to studying at Oxford University and now doing a Psychology PhD programme at King’s College London.
In addition to external speakers, RuTC’s internal services, including Training Solutions, Student Services and the Learning Resource Centre, informed students about ways to progress to university or their next step at RuTC.