Over 50 guest speakers covering the fields of science, engineering and IT recently visited Collyer’s, as the college hosted one of the biggest sixth form science careers events in the country of its kind.
The day was a huge success and offered informative and inspiring presentations within a packed schedule. Collyer’s students relished the opportunity to get an insight into the extensive range of careers on offer and the chance to listen and talk to experts from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Collyer’s Principal, Sally Bromley said: “The event has been running for a number of years now and is a fantastic opportunity for students to be given up-to-date, topical advice from those currently working in the industry.
“We owe a huge debt of thanks to our visiting experts and to Joe Brock and his team for all of their hard work in making today possible.”
Event organiser and Collyer’s Head of Faculty for Mathematics and Science, Joe Brock explained: “Careers advice is enormously important for our students and this event provides a relaxed atmosphere, allowing students to ask any questions they may have to those currently working in the industry. It is also a great way of introducing careers that students may have never previously considered.”
The event welcomed professionals including electronic and mechanical engineers, patent lawyers, forensic fire investigators, veterinary surgeons, researchers searching for black holes; geologists, geophysicists, environmental scientists, clinical psychologists not to mention numerous sessions from professionals working in medical related fields.
They also enjoyed presentations from speakers working at top companies such as BP, the MOD, Surrey Satellite Technology, NASA and universities including UCL and Harvard.
Ian McAlister, from the college’s Progression Directorate, was thrilled: “The day fits in well with our ‘Planning Your Future’ initiative at Collyer’s and I know that the reaction to the expert speakers has been massively positive.”
The vast array of speakers gave the students an invaluable opportunity to learn about the breadth of jobs available across different disciplines in the science and engineering world.
The visiting experts included many ex-Collyer’s students, now studying and working in the areas of Science, Engineering and IT, who kindly gave up their time to come back and talk to the next generation.
Joe Brock added: “It was lovely to see many of our ex-students back at Collyer’s. Having enjoyed success in their science careers after leaving us, it was great to see them helping our current talented crop of students. It is a powerful message when a speaker says, ‘I used to sit there in lessons when I was at Collyer’s and five years on I do this wonderful job’!”
Assistant Principal Melanie Russell added: “The Science Careers Day is outstanding and follows hot on the heels of our HE evenings, conferences, HE Fairs, Oxbridge Fairs; employability skills workshops; mock interviews and careers events in conjunction with, among others: ‘My Kinda Crowd’, The National Careers Service, ‘Not Going to Uni’ and The National Apprenticeship Service.
“With all these advice and guidance opportunities, I’m confident our students will be well informed and very competitive when they take their important next steps.”
Collyer’s Vice Principal Steve Nicholls was delighted: “Congratulations to everyone involved! Today has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to speak to their role-models in the flesh. We have a superb faculty for Mathematics and Science and we are proud that this iwncredible science careers event has once again highlighted this.”
Report and pictures contributed by Collyer’s.