Wednesday March 1st saw the College hold its second annual Futures Fair. This event had over 60 exhibitors, with representatives from universities, employers and training providers.
Several hundred students attended during the two-hour session, getting information, advice and guidance to help them plan for their lives after College.
Universities represented included Bath, Bath Spa, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucestershire, Oxford Brookes, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, UWE and the University of South Wales.
There was also a wide range of local and national employers present from a number of industry sectors including finance, IT, health, tourism, hospitality, retail, law, military, biotech, construction and marketing sectors, amongst others. Employers included BAM Construction, Barclays, British Heart Foundation, C& D Recruitment, Capita, Catalent, Hochtief, De Vere Four Pillars, Domino’s, Explore Learning, Fundamentals, GLL, GWH, Hardware Group, Imagine Cruising, Link Magazine, Magic Touch, McArthur Glen Outlet, McDonalds, Monahans, PGL, Red Cross, Red Virtual, Royds Withy King, Serco, The Army, The Marriott, TM Group and To Infinity.
Former New College and Bradon Forest student, Chloe Robins, who is now at the University of Bristol studying Neuroscience, was there as a Student Recruitment Ambassador for the University. She studied Psychology, Biology and Maths, leaving College last Summer.
“I really enjoyed my time at New College, especially the independence, as the focus was on studying and not having for follow rules like wearing uniform. Teachers were helpful and always approachable and it was really easy to build a connection with them.”
Chloe herself attended a similar Fair at New College and has vivid memories of it:
“When I came to this Fair, I knew I wanted to go to the University of Bristol and that it was really important to ask questions, not just about the course, but also student life. I remember being scared to approach people, but you need to engage with all opportunities and just keep on asking questions. I couldn’t have wished to go to a better University.”
Chloe is doing really well in her first year at Bristol, achieving a few Firsts and 2:1s in assignments. She plans to apply to undertake a Master’s programme and wants to stay in academia doing research. We wish her well!