The first of two higher education fairs took place at West London College’s Ealing Green College today, 27 September, with the second coming up at Hammersmith and Fulham College on Thursday 29 September. Twenty universities, mainly from London or those with London-based campuses attended and hundreds of students came to find out about university study, as well as apprenticeships.
The Higher Education fairs were organised by West London College careers team and our careers advisers were present at the fair today to liaise with the universities, teachers and students.
Jemima Wiredu, careers adviser for Ealing Green said: “Progression fairs like today enable us to showcase opportunities to our students and present them with options they can investigate for their future career progression.”
Level 3 second-year students start their UCAS university applications soon so the fair provides a tremendous way to find out more about creating a personal statement and asking questions about degree courses. First-year students also came along as a taster of what a potential university course could offer them for the future.
Three classmates from the Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma – Qais Attaallah, Hinano Fujiwara and Siwani Thapa – all got a lot out of the experience.
Qais said: “I want to study genetics at university, and Swansea offers this. They were able to tell me a lot about the course and what to add to my personal statement. This saved me spending 3 hours travelling time to visit the university for an Open Day.”
Hinano said: “I want to study veterinary medicine and although the universities here today don’t offer that, I was still able to get a lot of useful information about completing my personal statement.”
Siwani said: “I know I want to study nursing, but I’m not sure which course to do yet. I was able to speak to staff from the University of West London directly and I’m going along to their next Open Day.”
Shommi Khan, Careers Adviser for Hammersmith and Fulham campus said: “A lot of young people don’t yet know what degree they want to study. The purpose of the fair is to provide our students with the resources and information they need to make an informed decision.”
Ayan Mohamed, Industrial Placement Officer, was also at the fair. Ayan recently started working at West London College. Her remit is to set up work placements for West London College students with employers.
Ayan said: “I will be working closely with Jemima and Shommi to make sure our students have developed a wide range of skills to access information, gain vital work experience and move forward with confidence into the next stage of their lives and careers.”
The universities that attended the Ealing Green HE and Progression Fair were Brunel University, Buckinghamshire New University, City University of London, Coventry University, Birkbeck University, Goldsmiths University, Kingston University, London Metropolitan University, London South Bank University, Middlesex University, Ravensbourne University, Royal Holloway University, Swansea University, UCFB, University of the Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, St Mary’s University, University of West London, University of Bedfordshire, De Montfort University, and LMP – which is a training and apprenticeship provider.