27th June 2019
Students completing the first year of their A Level and Level 3 Vocational studies had a marvellous opportunity to access information at the York College Progression Day, helping them to make decisions about the next stage of their careers at university or in the world of work.
Progression Day is an end of year event designed to educate students on their next steps after leaving York College. With a full timetable of talks and workshops scheduled, rather than usual classes, students were spoilt for choice choosing which sessions to attend, as well as stalls to visit where they could pick up information and speak to university representatives and employers.
There were almost one hundred sessions delivered by representatives from over 20 universities, local employers and College staff, enabling students to access a range of career and educational options including; Interview Techniques, Gap Year Options, Getting into Oxbridge, Coping with Change, High Level Apprenticeships, Researching University Options, Personal Statement workshops, Exploring careers in Healthcare, Studying Cyber Security and Applying to Competitive Courses.
A Level student Rory Laws says he has Progression Day to thank for focusing his attention on applying to university. He says: "I want to do something with either music or film and this event has been a good starting point for me to start thinking about what is out there. It has been very worthwhile visiting the stands and talking to people."
Creative Media student Holly Clark said: “Progression Day was really helpful. Before I felt overwhelmed about going to university, looking at lots of university websites and trying to make sense of everything. Today I have been able to get clarification about what I want to do, just being able to talk to people to get information is so much better.”
A Level student Abbie McKechnie said: “I want to have a gap year and this Day has given me the chance to gather useful information about travelling. I'm getting a plan together for when I return from my gap year and I want to go to university to study History, possibly in London. However, speaking to Edinburgh University representatives at College today has made me re-think my university options.”
Hayley McQueen, Curriculum Performance Manager at York College is pleased students have the chance to access a wide range of information on all types of progression pathways, she says: "Students benefit enormously from the information and ideas they pick up at the many sessions and by talking to stall holders. The event gives students the knowledge they need to start making decisions about their next steps, it provides them with ideas for the future as well as top tips on how to make the most of their talents.”