Career Networking 201915th April 2019
One hundred and fifty people took part in Career Networking: Your Future at the Wohl Enterprise Hub this week. The brainchild of Work Avenue, the community’s leading employment and business support organisation, and in partnership with global professional services firm BDO, UJS and MASA, Career Networking offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore career options, make connections with people in their chosen sector and network with a wide range of professionals.
The event was fast-paced and dynamic, with over 35 sector professionals from a broad range of industries each with a packed schedule of micro-meetings. Companies represented on the evening included Accenture, Ralph Lauren , Bank of England and EY, as well as a range of contemporary businesses including Apple and Waze.
Statistics indicate that networking is a very powerful route into employment for all job seekers, no less students and recent graduates, and this is reflected by the ongoing popularity of the Career Networking evening. A number of students have already been offered additional interviews or work placements as a direct result of previous events.
Lisa Lipshaw, Communications Manager at Network Rail, commentated on the vibrancy of the event and said: “I spoke to an amazing selection of students! It was a great opportunity for us, as professionals, to pass on some wisdom and them, as ambitious students to pick our brains! I wish them all the best of luck.”
And the students were equally as enthused. Aron Nutman, Masters student at Leeds University said, “The professionals have been really helpful. Joel, Oli and Josh have all given me some great advice, especially some invaluable commercial awareness tips”.
Debbie Sheldon, CEO of Work Avenue, added: “It’s great to see the community coming together to help guide students’ future careers. It was fantastic to see such a range of industries represented at the event, both the traditional sectors such as law and accountancy which are always of interest to students, but also emerging industries, for example in the tech space too. It’s particularly satisfying to see former students now become our career professionals, thus turning the wheel full circle.”