21st June 2016
The annual Progression Day at York College provided a fantastic opportunity for students to access information and advice to help them make decisions about their future. With access to representatives from over 20 universities, from as far afield as Durham and Edinburgh, and the chance to meet with local employers like Portakabin, Nestle and Townends Accountants, students were given advice and guidance on a huge range of career options.
Students had around one hundred progression sessions to choose from on subjects ranging from getting into Oxbridge, how to write a strong CV, studying in Scotland, understanding student finance, studying medicine at Hull York Medical School, apprenticeships and engineering at Nestle, Studying abroad and gap years and Career roles in the Prison Service.
A Level student Jack Hughes (formerly of Millthorpe School) said: "It’s great to speak with representatives from Durham and Edinburgh universities. I particularly wanted more information about their joint honours German and History degree courses. The Liberal Arts course at Durham sounds fantastic. I will still attend their open days to get a feel for the different environments, but today has been very useful."
Hayley McQueen, Head of Studies for A Levels at York College commented: “This is such a valuable event for our students. With so many external speakers talking to them about their options for the future, as well as the York College Higher Education representatives, students feel more informed and able to make decisions about their preferred next steps.”
A Level student Olivia Gill (formerly of Woldgate College) wants to study a degree in geography and she was able to gather together a collection of prospectuses from all the visiting universities. Olivia said: “I’ve got lots of reading to get me started on my search for my preferred course and university.”
And student Emma Gandi (formerly of Bootham School) said: “It’s brilliant to have the convenience of speaking with lots of universities at our very own College. I am unsure about what I want to do and where I want to go, so this event has been useful and informative. I think it will help people to get started on their university searches, if they haven’t done so already. ”