Planning for the future
Posted on Monday 16 July 2012
College Moving On Day
On one of the few dry days of the summer, The Sixth Form College Farnborough was host to over 150 organisations ranging from local companies such as Fluor, Tag Farnborough Airport, Siemens and CSC to international organisations such as IBM, PwC and Virgin Atlantic as first year students spent the day in a series of seminars and workshops preparing them for their future careers.
The College’s Moving On Day is widely recognised by universities and training providers as one of the top Careers events in the country and attracts speakers from across the country; David Stoll from the University of Aberdeen probably had the longest journey! He was joined by academics from more local institutions including Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey, Portsmouth and the University of Southampton who kindly offered sponsorship of the event.
Captain Louise Bates gave a talk on recruitment to the Army and attracted lots of interest at the Army stand in the Exhibition which was the biggest ever with over 100 stands.
Contributors were full of praise for the day and the response of students: “You have some amazing students who asked fab questions. They were enthusiastic and really listened to what I had to say” (Divya Kohli - ITV). “The best group of Sixth form students I have spoken to....” (Dave Swann - University of Chichester). Adrian Mateo from The University of Nottingham has been an enthusiastic supporter of Moving On Day for a number of years: ‘The event is very well organised and offers just the right balance of seminars, presentations and a vibrant exhibition. The students are always polite and well prepared. We are already looking forward to next year’.
Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive: “The talk on Setting up and Starting your own Business motivated me and enlightened me to not be afraid to take the risk to start my own business. Tracy Marlow, MD of The Community Matters Partnership, made me feel incredibly comfortable and welcoming when I stayed behind at the end to talk to her. She gave me her business card with an opportunity to give me work experience in the future which is amazing!’
College Principal, Simon Jarvis confirmed the importance of Moving On Day for students: ‘It is a key event in the Lower Sixth calendar, providing a first-hand opportunity for over 1500 students to find out about the increasingly complex range of options and choices that are available and enabling them to make informed and realistic decisions about their future.’