Students gained the skills they need to secure employment and succeed in their chosen career when they took part in a series of employability workshops with financial giant Goldman Sachs.
Volunteers from the global investment bank passed on their expertise and advice to students at the Tottenham and Enfield Centres of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).
The workshops began with an icebreaker in which students were divided into groups and asked to build the tallest tower they could to support an apple on top.
There were then discussions on the subjects of What is a Business?, Business Culture, Career Motivations. Career Insights, First Impressions, Making an Impact, and Application Top Tips, along with a talk by staff from Goldman Sachs about the company.
The sessions ended with a CV workshop and job application and interview tips, as well as the chance for students to participate in mock job interviews.
Madiha Ahmed, 30, who is studying for a Level 1 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills, said: “I am trying to build up and organise my CV for interviews, and the volunteer from Goldman Sachs was able to give me advice on putting it together to best sell my skills.
“The interview practice was quite nerve wracking. It made me realise how important it is to prepare so you don’t just stumble through, which made me feel more confident.”
Goldman Sachs has run several employability workshops at the CONEL as part of a number of enrichment activities arranged by the College to support students’ learning and development.
Anthony Robinson, Quality and Learner Experience Manager, said: “These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop the skills they need for the modern workplace, and also speak to employees from Goldman Sachs to help them to get a job and understand what is expected of them once they are in employment.”