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Posted: 24/01/13

A focus on the future

Students on university-level courses at West Nottinghamshire College have enjoyed two weeks of activities and events designed to help them plan their careers and futures.

‘Futures Fortnight’ is organised by the college each year to provide students on university-level programmes with opportunities to plan for their futures offering them the chance to meet guest speakers from a range of industries. Students also visited businesses in the region during the event which ran from 7-18 January.   

Guests at the college included representatives from Equity Actors Group who spoke to performing arts students and Wella Studio staff gave tips and advice to hairdressing and salon management students. 

Business management, public sector and professional administration students enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to Jaguar’s headquarters in Birmingham and Spire Brewery in Chesterfield. 

Students on the criminal justice foundation degree visited the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and international spa management students enjoyed a trip to Thoresby Hall Hotel while teacher training students participated in a webinar with the University of Derby.

The University of Derby’s careers team were on hand to discuss career management and local employer Center Parcs attended the careers and information fair to give advice on the different careers available at the UK holiday villages.

Co-author of the ‘Art of Being Brilliant’ Andy Whittaker, inspired students to make positive changes to their lives through a talk about positive psychology and changing attitudes.

BA (Hons) Business Management student Mark Dowthwaite said: “Andy was an inspirational speaker.  He showed me how positivity can be applied to both my academic studies as well as my future career progression.”

Futures Fortnight forms part of the college’s Higher Education Premium Package concept which offers affordable university-level courses to the local community.  For further details of courses visit www.wnc.ac.uk or call the HE team on 01623 627191 extension 8092.