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Students learning to stand out in the jobs market

Students learning to stand out in the jobs market

Students from Blackpool Sixth have been sharpening up their job prospects at a London conference aiming to get them ‘Career Ready’ for the world of work.

Career Ready is a national initiative which aims to give young people expert advice in how to get their dream job by preparing them for interviews and giving them valuable work experience via summer internships.

Students from business, finance, economics, IT and mathematics travelled to the capital and met with motivational speakers and visited top insurance company AIG where they were given an insight in how to create CVs, stand out in interviews and how to find their niche.

Business tutor Dan Reeds said: “The initiative is a really good way to give students an insight into what they need to enhance their career prospects and how to get into their ideal job.

“They attended employability workshops which help them really stand out in their chosen career path.”

Businesses both national and locally based are involved and students will undertake internships in the summer with employers such as Virgin, Ranstad, NST, the Pleasure Beach and Wyre Borough Council.

Each student has a dedicated mentor via the scheme and former students who have undertaken the Career Ready scheme have gone on to gain jobs at their internship firms.

“This gives them valuable experience and expert advice,” added Dan. “The internships are a great way to experience a real working environment and make contacts within industry.”

Kye Wylie, Triple BTEC Business student, said: “I chose to apply for career ready because I had heard it was a great opportunity and thought I would sign up and see how good it really was. Also it drew me in by showing that there are a lot of opportunities to explore within business whilst on the course.

“I learnt that there is a lot more jobs in finance than meets the eye and that how many problems can occur in finance more than the public will know.

“I hope Career Ready will point me in the right direction towards a good head start in the world of work or higher education. I am also excited to see what activities we will attend and how to build team skills with people we have never met before.”

Erin Webbe, who is studying A level Business, Maths and PE said: “From visiting AIG I learnt that businesses are willing to give interns a chance to work for their company once they have graduated.

“I also learnt that there are many undermined roles within businesses that people are unaware of but are still a vital part to having a successful business. 

“I want to gain confidence when in formal settings around new people as well as being able to learn and develop my skills that will enable me to be successful in the future.

“I think career ready will give me the opportunity to find the best path for me after college.”

The two day event  wasn’t all work related, as the 25 students managed to fit in some festive shopping and a trip to see the Lion King in the West End.