More than 50 exhibitors took part in a two-day event at Fareham College to help students decide what direction to take when they finish their studies.
Fareham College’s Next Steps Progression Fair combined traditional careers guidance stands with inspirational talks from business people in industry, universities and past students about their personal career journeys.
Hosted at the College’s main Bishopfield Road campus and then at its Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST), the event attracted more than 50 exhibitors, including employers such as Siemens, BDO, Hampshire Constabulary, Ibis Hotels and The Royal Navy as well as universities, giving their time to advise students about their career aspirations.
Principal Nigel Duncan said,
“Progression Fairs are such a valuable way to introduce students to the next steps in their career. We hold them at each campus to ensure all students benefit from an introduction to the opportunities offered by employers and universities in the region. We are very grateful to all the exhibitors, including many alumni of the College, for making this annual event such a success”.
Former student, Ciara McNamee said,
“I was really excited when the College approached me to give a masterclass at the Progression Fair. Being a former student, I felt it was a great way to show current students and even my old lecturers how far I have come in the hairdressing industry since leaving the College. The students were brilliant, engaging and asked questions throughout. The feedback was really positive, and it was great to know that I have been able to inspire them. I really enjoyed giving my first solo masterclass to the students and hope to repeat this in the future.”
The event took place as the nation prepares for National Careers Week and National Apprenticeships Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, employers and economy.