Major employers and business leaders supported a showpiece event at Hartpury aimed at helping its students stand out from the crowd and further enhance their career prospects.
The 2019 Big Careers Event featured an extensive range of workshops and presentations hosted by industry professionals, along with opportunities for students to network with owners and representatives from 80 top companies.
Vicky Crossland, Higher Education Careers Consultant at Hartpury University and Hartpury College, said: “We want to provide all our 3,600 students with the skills they need to impress potential employers and prepare them for graduation and their move into the world of work.
“Alongside other work we do, the Big Careers Event is an opportunity for our students to explore the graduate job market and discover opportunities they might not have even considered yet, like starting up their own business or working aboard.
“We invited organisations that were representative across Hartpury’s core subject areas – Sport, Agriculture, Equine, Animal and Veterinary Nursing – as well as employers from other industries to provide students with a broad range of options.
“It’s the fifth year that we’ve hosted the event and the feedback from industry guests, whose support we’re extremely grateful for, and our students has very extremely positive.”
The presentations included an insight into the academic abilities and personal qualities that employers are looking for from graduates, how to perform well during an assessment, and talks by successful Hartpury alumni about their experiences in the workplace environment.
Simon Spooner, Enterprise and Careers Manager at Hartpury, added: “Having spent more than 20 years in corporate business, I know that it’s really important for our students to be able to hit the ground running when they graduate.
“The Big Careers Event provides students with a safe environment in which to engage face to face with employers and business leaders and make key contacts.
“We’re committed to providing our students with the skills, ideas and motivation to help them do something fantastic with their lives, perhaps as the owners of great businesses themselves.”
Picture: Hartpury students at the Big Careers Event