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Posted on 20th Apr 2015 Back to News

Christ the King hosts over 150 external speakers and exhibitors at 2015 Careers Conference

Over 100 guest speakers and 80 exhibitors travelled to Christ the King Sixth Form College this term as part of the 2015 Careers Conference, making this the largest, most diverse and most successful conference to date. The annual event, which has been highly praised by Ofsted, is the largest of its kind in South East London and continues to expand with each academic year. The conference gives A Level and BTEC students a unique opportunity to learn more about undergraduate study, apprenticeships, career prospects and work experience schemes, as well as to make firsthand contact with a range of industry experts.

As a specialist in post-16 education, student progression is of the utmost importance at Christ the King and staff are committed to ensuring that students are well informed about the future. Progression is facilitated by a dedicated team of Careers and Quality and Partnerships officers, all of whom work around the clock to ensure that every year approximately 80% of Christ the King students progress onto a wide range of university and further educational courses. Over the years, the Careers Conference has become a truly invaluable part of this process. At the exhibiting stands and in the workshops, students are encouraged to engage with their interests and aspirations, as well as to extend their knowledge of the skills, attributes and qualities that are most desirable to admissions tutors and recruiters.

It is always really encouraging to spend the morning with young people like those I met at the Christ the King Careers Conference. They were ambitious and focused – just the sort of students we want applying to King’s! 

At this year’s conference, Christ the King was fortunate enough to host an outstanding 53 universities, in addition to a diverse range of corporate, public and voluntary organisations. The talks, which were detailed and wide ranging, spanned over 40 higher educational courses and offered a wealth of information on post-18 progression. From medical and engineering courses to arts and humanities programmes; from gap year volunteering and charity work to professions in law or banking; from graphic and fashion design to policing and public service, the conference catered to all areas of student interest and motivated young people to think positively about the future.

In preparation for the conference, each lower sixth student was asked to select five talks from the programme, according to his or her academic and vocational interests. On the day of the conference, the students took notes during each session and were then given the opportunity to interact directly with the speakers by way of a question and answer session.

2015 speakers included:

-          A personal statement advisor from Bristol University

-          An interview skills expert from Credit Suisse

-          A medicine outreach officer for Kings College London

-          A molecular pharmacology lecturer from the University of East Anglia

-          An independent graphic designer

-          A graduate recruitment advisor at Clifford Chance LLP law firm

-          An NHS and speech therapy representative from City University

-          An associate professor in forensic science from Kingston University

-          An economics graduate from Birmingham University

-          A senior lecturer in journalism at the University of the Creative Arts

-          A chemical engineering representative from GlaxoSmithKline

-          A film lecturer at the University of Southampton

-          An accounting representative from KPMG

-          A sociology and criminology lecturer from Goldsmiths University

-          Biology and engineering representatives from Queen Mary, University of London

-          A Regional Director at Santander UK

Christ the King would like to extend its sincere thanks to all of the speakers and exhibitors who took part in the 2015 Careers Conference. Without their knowledge, enthusiasm and insight the conference would simply not be the same, and we feel very privileged to be able to welcome so many inspiring individuals to the college each year.

Below are some reflections on this years conference:

“Wow, what a buzz. I walked into Christ the King college on the morning of the careers fair and could feel the energy and enthusiasm about the place.  Hundreds of students were ready to attend the career sessions of their choice and I received a very warm welcome. It’s great for an organisation like Ernst & Young (EY) to meet students and to share what it’s like to work in a professional services organisation such as EY and to look to recruit the future leaders of our business. I was so encouraged by the questions asked both from students considering university options and those looking at the school leaver route.  Everyone was engaged with the programs EY has to offer and I really hope to see many of you at EY in the future.”

 - Nicola Stokes, Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the college's Career's Conference, which is an excellent way of helping young people try to figure out what they might enjoy doing as a potential future career. It was lovely to meet your students as they were polite, engaged, and asked very thoughtful questions about how to progress through a career in graphic design. I hope that the talk was helpful to them and I wish them all the best for their futures, whatever they decide to do.”

- Amanda Brent, independent graphic designer at Ambee Animation

“It is always really encouraging to spend the morning with young people like those I met at the Christ the King Careers Conference. They were ambitious and focused – just the sort of students we want applying to King’s! Meeting other speakers also showed me that students are exploring their options and getting really well informed, which should put them in a good position for the future. It was my second year at the conference and we will definitely be back next year.”

- Ruth Squire, Academic Schools and Partnerships Officer at King’s College London

“The event was fantastic. Everything was really well organised and ran smoothly, and it was a pleasure to meet so many bright and motivated pupils.”

- Dr Steven Le Comber, Senior Lecturer and Senior Admissions Tutor for the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London