We treated our level two students to an audience with Claire Cragg, a Senior Executive from ASDA, on Thursday 24 January.
Our Careers Department liaised with Working Options to organise the session. Working Options is a charity that arranges for volunteers from industrial backgrounds to speak to students in schools and colleges about their personal career journey. The aim of this activity is to help 16 to 19 year olds realise their full potential, by encouraging them to have more self-belief and motivation.
Claire, who is an exemplary motivational speaker, gave our students an insight into her progress after leaving school, providing them with useful advice about how to prepare for a career after college or university. She helped our students to understand what their future employers might be looking for in terms of employability skills and general qualities, as well as broadening their understanding of the options available to them. After delivering her presentation with energy and conviction, Claire took questions from the floor.
Careers Adviser Liz Crick said: ‘Claire gave some brilliant top tips to students including “Don’t give up if things don’t go to plan”, “Always put 100% into every aspect of your work, as employers look for a good, positive attitude”, and “Try not be influenced by others, keep to your long term goal!” This was a very inspirational talk: she showed that whatever your background you can enter a rewarding career if you put in the hard work.’