Students at St Mary’s and Emmanuel enjoyed an informative
presentation by Maggie Reid, independent Human Resources (HR) contractor, about
careers in HR. After graduating in Modern Languages, Maggie worked for charity
organisations in Africa.
She has a wealth of experience in HR, having worked for the
University of Greenwich implementing large-scale pay review projects and, more
recently, as an independent contractor for the professional body, The Law
Maggie spoke about there being many subjects at Sixth Form and
degree level, which can open up a career in HR including English, History,
Modern Languages and social sciences like Psychology, Sociology and Business.
She emphasised that certain skills were important for the role. Practitioners
need to be good communicators with strong interpersonal skills, willing to work
in a team and be organised. HR professionals may find themselves in conflict
resolution and advocacy roles, which requires confidence and attention to
detail. Others may find themselves in a training role, both in-house or
externally, or managing corporate change or transformation projects. In
essence, there are many different aspects to HR so it is a career offering
In terms of advice, Maggie urged students to take up as many
opportunities as possible within and outside their current programme of study,
to gain experience and develop transferable skills.
Maggie is also currently supporting the College in a voluntary
role as a member of our Partnership Advisory Board.
CTK Emmanuel was delighted to recently host a talk by Philippe Sands QC which he gave to over one
hundred of our students.
Philippe spoke about his career as a professor of Law at
University College of London as well as a barrister at Matrix Chambers. Philippe also explained how he became a
regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and frequent writer for leading
As a practicing barrister, Philippe was able to highlight his extensive experience in litigating cases before international courts. Leading cases in which he has been involved in include Pinochet and Guantanamo detainees. He is also author of ‘Lawless World’ on the illegality of the Iraq war, and ‘Torture Team’ on liability for torture.
‘Tips to the Top’ Role Model seminar is one of the highlights of the academic
year at Christ the King Sixth Forms. The annual cross-site event, which
features panel discussions and speed mentoring sessions, inspires confidence in
our students and gives them an opportunity to interact with leading
Discussions of this kind not only broaden student horizons but
also provide a valuable insight into the qualities of academic and professional
success. The mentoring programmes and inspirational seminars organised by the
charity provide support, guidance and encouragement for young people, and
motivate them to achieve their best.
This year Christ the King Sixth Forms was fortunate enough to
welcome the following guest speakers to the panel:
Colin Donaldon, Bristh Airways Pilot
Ade Adelekan, Chief
Troy Von Scheibner – Magician
& TV Personality (CTK alumnus)
Mehari, Senior Software Project Manager
Grant, Entertainment Producer
The evening opened with an introductory session, in which
the panel discussed their personal journeys and outlined the steps
they have taken to get to where they are today. This was followed by an
insightful Q&A session, in which students addressed personal questions to
members of the panel.
Students, as always, left the event feeling both inspired and motivated about their future potential!
The Elevate Mentoring
Programme was launched this week to CTK students by alumnus Trevor
Gomes and his BT colleagues Tom Culley and Radostina Velinova.
The programme was created by Trevor to equip students
with the skills and experiences required to enter the world of work and higher
education. Twenty students took part in the launch and the programme
will cover topics including: Personal Branding, Networking, Interview
skills, Resilience at Work, Mentoring and careers at BT and EE.
As part of the programme students will take part in a number of activities and external visit including a trip to Wembley Stadium and meeting businessman Levi Roots.
As part of the External Speaker Programme, on 17 October, students
enjoyed an engaging presentation by Nigel Hogg, Apprenticeship Manager at the
University of East London. Nigel, who
has worked for many companies throughout his career, notably London Underground
and Ford Motor Company, is an engineer by profession and, more recently, has
been involved in teaching and education.
He organises the University’s Degree Apprenticeship programmes and
explained that this is a fast-growing sector with new programmes being
introduced all the time. Not all
programmes are business-related; there are also opportunities in the healthcare
industry, digital technologies and engineering to name but a few. Nigel talked about the many companies
offering apprenticeships and stressed the importance, particularly with the
larger organisations like TfL and BT, of researching dates when they are
accepting applications and the assessment process.
One of Nigel’s key messages about applying for
apprenticeships was to give yourself a competitive edge by doing something
different, outside of your studies.
Candidates who had volunteered or had a hobby or participated in schemes
like the Duke of Edinburgh Award were the ones that stood out, he maintained.
Barclays RISE Programme (Revealing the Industry to Secondary Education) was
launched this week to CTK students by Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy, Yaa Ofori-Ansah, Adetola
Oshin and a number of their Barclays colleagues.
The programme has been
running for a number of years and was originally created by former CTK student,
Michael Lee, and his colleagues
within the Barclays Graduate
Scheme. They wanted to provide a platform where they could share their
experiences whilst mentoring students who may have limited opportunities and
insight into working in professional industries.
student on the programme is assigned a mentor and works with them through a
four session programme. The weekly sessions are split into two parts with
the first part being an interactive presentation on the development topic of
the week. The second part is an opportunity for each mentee to have the chance
to speak to and work with their mentor individually.
Following the successful completion of the mentoring programme there is also the opportunity for students to gain work experience with Barclays.
Everyone needs to be aware of the career opportunities available to them in the future and how to best take advantage of them. To support this, the October half term saw the launch of the sixth annual CTK Fast Track Programme. As in previous years, the programme involved a large number of students from all three CTK sites coming together at CTK: Emmanuel for two days of training.
The morning session of the first day was led by CTK alumnus Seye Olokede who spoke about his own experiences and how students can “Develop a professional work ethic.” During the talk Seye covered topics including the importance of time keeping, personal presentation and the skills needed to work well and succeed in the modern workplace. During the second part of the first days training, we welcomed Trevor Gomes and Louis Howell who spoke to students about a wide range of opportunities they could become involved in. They also spoke about the use of social media in a professional environment and the benefits of networking through LinkedIn.
The first day concluded
with Maria O’Regan along with her colleagues from Santander conducting two
workshops “Building and presenting a compelling CV” and “Competency based Interviews”.
Working in small groups, students had the opportunity to get advice and
guidance on their CVs and how they could develop their interview
second days training started with a presentation from Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy and
Tola Oshin from Barclays regarding the RISE programme. The rest of the day was
run by The Unloc Enterprise Academy and focused on alternative career routes
for students; specifically on self-employment and entrepreneurship.
Feedback from students and guests was that the training was hugely beneficial and will have a positive impact on their career aspirations and goals.
Christ the King Sixth Forms organised a pre-election ‘Question Time’ experience for students across our three sites on Wednesday 45th December. Candidates from the local constituencies were in attendance to field questions from students ranging from how they are engaging young people in politics, tackling knife crime and mental health issues amongst young people, to housing and of course Brexit. The students asked searching and challenging questions of the party representatives.
The following candidates attended and fielded questions from our audience; CTK Emmanuel – Richard Galloway (Young people’s party), Janet Daby (Labour), Gavin Haran (Conservative), Ade Fatukasi (Lib Dem), Rosamund Addo-Kissi-Debrah (Greens) and Roger Deep (Independent), CTK St Marys – Simone Reynolds (Lib Dem) and David Tingle (Labour), CTK Aquinas – Andrea Carey (Greens), Bobby Dean (Lib Dem) and Adam Abdullah (Labour). It was an excellent, thoughtful and informative experience for all concerned.
As part of the External Speaker Programme, Business students at CTK: Emmanuel and Health & Social Care students at St Mary’s enjoyed an engaging presentation by the founder of 2020 Change Foundation, Duro Oye. 2020 Change is a youth empowerment organisation, set up to build the next generation of community, business and political leaders.
Thanks to corporate sponsorship, from the likes of Converse and Nando’s, 2020 Change is able to offer a 6-week programme to young people looking to enhance their employability and transferable skills. The commitment is 2 evening sessions a week for 6 weeks, after which students “graduate” and are offered ongoing mentoring and support with their next move. Students who are interested in applying and finding out more can visit the website at: http://www.2020change.org/
Samuel EMMANUELCourse: BTEC Engineering
“My experience at CTK has improved my sense of self-worth and the one-to-one communication has helped me understand what I need to do to achieve my goals. I'm aiming to go to Queen Mary's University of London to study Physics and Aerospace Engineering. My advice to new students would be to enjoy the experience, make friends with people and study hard to achieve your goals.”
Jorge EMMANUELGrades achieved: D*DDCourse: BTEC Sport Level 3
“I've had a great experience at CTK. I've met a lot of new people and gained knowledge that I will need in the future. I'm going to study Sport and Exercise Science at Brunel University. My teachers always went the extra mile to make sure I had all my work completed. I would recommend CTK because the knowledgeable and passionate teachers always help students to succeed.”
Wendy EMMANUELCourse: BTEC Art and Design Level 2 & 3
“I have enjoyed making new friends and also meeting past students at CTK, who have come in to speak to us about what has made them successful. I aim to become an interior designer or textile designer and plan to study Textile Design at university. I would recommend CTK because the teachers always dedicate their time to helping students achieve their goals. ”
“I would 100% recommend CTK to others. The College improves you not only academically but in all aspects. CTK really lived up to my expectations, I have made good friends and the teachers are so supportive. I was so happy to get my final grades, I'm now going to study Biomedical Science at Warwick University.”
RukayaEMMANUELGrades achieved: D*D*DProgressed to: Criminology and Forensic Psychology at Kingston UniversityCourse: BTEC Health & Social Care
“I came to CTK because I heard the College gets great results. My teachers have pushed me to achieve my best and have given me lots of support. I’m so pleased with my grades and looking forward to going on to university.”