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Employability and Life Skills Week held at RuTC

Wednesday 16 June 2021
  (From top left to bottom right, Angelika Konstantinova, Daria Chioveanu, Ali Mitha, Lily Satterthwaite - from Microsoft) (From top left to bottom right, Angelika Konstantinova, Daria Chioveanu, Ali Mitha, Lily Satterthwaite - from Microsoft)


Last week marked a successful Employability and Life Skills week at RuTC, with several informative talks and workshops being held for students at the College.

The aim of the event was to give students an opportunity to explore the wider context of employability and to gain some insight or skills that will support them after they have left college. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place, the event was held remotely, and each session was attended by large numbers, ranging from 90 and 170 students.

Throughout the week students benefited from workshops to help them find employment, along with workshops on personal development. Some of the events held included a CV Writing and Interview preparation workshop, hosted by Olivia Wait & Francis Kennedy from the RuTC Careers Team. Emma and Kasia, NHS Education Wellbeing Practitioners, and Sally Teasdale, Mental Health Practitioner for RuTC, hosted several events for personal wellbeing that included workshops on motivation, self-esteem and dealing with rejection, resilience, managing stress and pressure, and practicing mindfulness.

Other highlights of the week included:

• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Workshops involving gender, race and ethnic identity and autism and sexual orientation/gender identity.

• Guest speaker and alumni, TJ Jacobs spoke about what led her to her job as Senior Social Action Manager for ISG, the construction company that’s building RuTC’s new campus.

• A talk from Lily Satterwaite and her team from Microsoft talking about the different routes into the company.

  Lucy Williams (The Little HR Department) and Tracey Corney (Astrea HR) both have their own independent HR companies but co-host the “My Mate in HR” podcast, discussed how to deal with discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

• Pınar Akkaya who has worked with many high-profile companies and is now supporting RuTC as an Enterprise Adviser for the RuTC careers service, talked about using your digital profile to get noticed for all the right reasons.

• Unsal Kaynak from National Citizen Service spoke about being an active citizen and how it can be good for society and make you stand out from the crowd.

• A talk on Finances from Jay Patel, Head of Finance, and the Finance Team at RuTC.

Digital Safety/Citizenship talk with James McRae, Head of Learning Resources.

Rachel Scarborough, Head of Student Experience at RuTC spoke of the benefits that the Employability and Life Skills week had for students. She said, “The sessions looked at what may not have been covered throughout their careers journey until now, and the sessions gave them the opportunity to investigate discussion points further, and to know that there is support and opportunities out there for them. Due to the success of the event we will be looking to run similar sessions during induction and throughout the year to support our student’s wider career provision.”

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