Harlow College business students hear of working options

Education: Secondary / Fri 14th Nov 2014 at 01:12pm

Working OptionsBUSINESS students at Harlow College were treated last week to a series of motivational talks by WorKingOptions, an inspirational group who aim to help school, sixth form and college students to realise their potential in the world of business.

The WorKingOptions programme provides:

• Motivation and Information sessions

• Annual Scholarships for talented students that include work experience and support through university.

• General Bursary support for university applications and selection

The event was hosted by Fiona Mack, WorKingOptions Programme Director, who also has over 15 years commercial experience within the pharmaceutical industry.

The guest speakers were Peter Groves – host speaker and General Manager of The Good Whey Company; Rob Hattrell – Channel Director, General Merchandise, Tesco online; Simon Belsham – Managing Director of Grocery Home Shopping and James Brundle – Eat17, Bacon Jam relish, creator.

During the day the group gave talks to both the vocational and A Level business students, giving many insightful and motivational talks around the subject of starting and running your own business.

Eamon O’Donnell, Senior Tutor in Vocational Business, said of the event: “It gave the students really good ideas about future careers they might want to go into. It taught them the importance of being confident and taking chances. It also highlighted the importance of hard work and how to get into and be successful in large organisations.”

Fiona Mack praised the speakers. “The motivation and information talks that you gave were brilliant – really different and all really inspiring. By sharing your personal journey and what you have learned along the way, I am confident that some wonderful words of wisdom will have landed in the right place, and definitely inspired some of those students.”

George Cornwell, 18, a student on the Vocational Business Level 3 course who is looking to set up his own business when he leaves college said: “It was very insightful and inspiring. The message was clear – take the opportunities when they become available.”

To discover more about the WorKingOptions group visit: www.workingoptions.co.uk

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