Over 300 Hartpury University Centre students were knocking on the doors to their dream careers at our Big Careers Event this week.
This year’s Big Careers event promised to be better than ever with Hartpury’s Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Centre organising a stellar line-up of 32 guests to give students an insight into their chosen industry. The event provided an excellent opportunity to network with employers from a wide range of industries and pick up top tips from previous graduates.
Students had the chance to talk with industry professionals ranging from subject specialists to members of the armed forces, with companies in attendance including Equine Careers, P.D. Hook and the Royal Air Force. There were also a variety of workshops running throughout the day as well as a series of ‘dream careers’ talks to inspire the next generation of graduates.
Visiting Hartpury alumni included including Equine Sports Science graduate Dee Holdsworth of Dynamic Sports Therapy and Animal Behaviour and Welfare graduate Simon Hubbard who works at Bristol Aquarium. They returned along with several other alumni mentors to share their success stories and industry experiences.
The workshops were well attended and gave some top tips on navigating the job market, from dealing with assessment centres to thinking about starting a business. Rob and Nadine Thomas, from WSI Digital Marketing, also provided some valuable hints about how to create a winning profile on websites such as LinkedIn during their presentation on media profiles.
Gill Reindl, Director of Employability and industry Partnerships at Hartpury, said: “The whole day was buzzing with packed workshops aimed at preparing students for their dream job. Our guests and alumni shared a valuable insight into a range of careers and it was a fabulous event promoting the Hartpury Advantage.”
Hartpury Bright Futures, a new society set up this year providing a student-led approach to careers, were also in attendance. Committee member and Sports Business Management student Lucy Ford, from Swindon, said: “It was great to be here today, we’ve already made some good contacts and are planning to run a speed-dating style networking event soon. Bright Futures is based quite locally in Cheltenham so we’ve been making the most of the mentoring they offer.”
The keynote talk of the event took place in the evening, with Claire Thayers from the Association of Gloucestershire Business Groups delivering an interesting talk on ‘The power of great people skills’.