STUDENTS were given the opportunity to think about their futures as experts from a range of businesses, organisations and universities visited their college.

Peter Symonds recently held its annual college-wide careers day, with chance for pupils to listen to and ask questions of professionals from a variety of industries, including the armed forces and emergency services and leading figures in journalism, IT, medical professions, aviation, finance and law.

They also got involved with a number of interactive sessions, including speed networking sessions in law and architecture and workshops from Mel Parker Point Blank Music School and Edil Quin Dance.

Joanna Beattie-Edwards, legal director at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP took part in the legal sector speed networking session and said “I was delighted to be involved again in talking with PSC students to explain the different pathways to a career as a solicitor. It is always great to see the enthusiasm of those starting their career journey and this year was no exception.”

The talks and networking events were spread over the college day with students expected to sign up for at least four sessions. Over 150 speakers visited the College to deliver nearly 250 talks ranging from animation, advertising and film production to pharmacology and becoming an entrepreneur.

Parent and speaker Paul Pressland from 10 Ant Group Property Development added “The lifeblood of any organisation is the next generation and a day like this shows how the industry is multifaceted and offers something for everyone. If one person is gets out of today’s talk the inspiration to make a successful career that would give me great satisfaction.”

Debbie Mahoney, head of careers at Peter Symonds, said “We have been able to build on the huge success of the event which started last year and increase the range and number of talks available to students. Many of the visitors were parents and alumni, talking about their career journey and occupational areas. Students got to attend at least four different talks, helping to widen their knowledge and understanding of options available to them.

“We really are extremely grateful to all the visitors who supported the event and made this such a huge success.”