Careers fair praised on both sides of the table

As part of the its defining goal of ‘empowering the Tamil youth’, the TYO (Tamil Youth Organisation) organised a higher education and careers convention in West London on Saturday afternoon.

The 4-hour event which hosted recruitment and careers stalls from employers and leading universities, as well as running workshops in interview skills, revision technique and CV writing, attracted over 200 eager school students and their parents from across London and the South-East.

From those currently sitting their GCSEs, seeking advice over choosing the right A-levels, to those in sixth form, deciding which universities and courses to apply to, the event attracted a wide range of students from various communities, all keen to discover the options open to them and further their career aspirations.

Experienced professionals from an array of careers including banking, medicine, law, engineering, dentistry, journalism, business, accounting and politics were available at stalls, giving students plenty of opportunity to discuss general careers queries and receive tailored advice, taking their own personal grades, skills, experience and ambitions into account.

Ambassadors from several UK institutions, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the University College London, set up stalls and, armed with prospectuses and brochures, set about attracting potential applicants for this Autumn’s application season.

A level students, who are currently in the process of narrowing down their list of universities to apply to and left the event, with a stack of prospectuses.

Two of the most popular stalls were hosted by the British Army and the Metropolitan Police Service, which drew several youths keen to discuss career options in the armed forces or the police, over above active service, including the recruitment of engineers into the police force and healthcare professionals into the British armed forces.

Sergeant Andy McLelland, from the City of London regiment, The Royal Fusiliers, who ran the British Army’s stall said he was surprised by the volume of interest expressed.

“I’ve spoken to a number of people who appear to have given serious consideration to joining the army. It’s been good to dispel some of the myths that some have too. So, who knows, a few months down the line, we’ll hopefully see them in the forces,” he said.

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