What did you want to be when you grew up?

Looking back at initial childhood dreams, many people would never have envisioned where they are today. Regardless of whether it was all planned out or your journey was unconventional, there will be significant achievements, that have helped develop your career.

National Careers Week is an annual event designed to showcase the importance of strong and impartial careers and academic guidance.

Over the course of this week, Cheshire College – South & West has taken part in a variety of career-related activities which aim to guide learners in the direction of achieving their dream job.

As the digital revolution continues, there is a growing need to equip young people with the skills needed to flourish in industry. 90% of newly emerging jobs require basic digital skills, and 72% of UK employers are unwilling to interview candidates who don’t have necessary IT knowledge.

To ensure our learners are prepared for work, over 60 local and national organisations, including Unilever, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and Bentley Motors, were invited in across the College’s three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester to take part in our Employment and Apprenticeship Fairs.

Ensuring learners are exposed to and encouraged to explore their different options is part of the College’s careers strategy, linking back to the Gatsby Benchmarks, which is a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO, commented: ‘’The idea of bringing together a wide range of employers and universities to deliver events throughout the academic year, stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations.

‘’It is vital that we encourage young people to think about their futures, as it gives purpose to their learning and enables them to develop potential career paths.

‘’It is important for us to recognise that not every career is linear, however the journey can be empowering. Change can sometimes be unsettling, but with hard-work and determination, there is nothing stopping us reaching our goals.

‘’Have fun, be curious and dream big.’’

Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the Cheshire College – South & West Corporation, said: ‘’Further Education provides endless opportunities to both young people and adults.

‘’The College is responsible for ensuring learners achieve their career ambitions. Having role models that encourage them to create opportunities and not limit themselves, gives them the best chance of success.’’

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654 654 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656 555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses) or visit ccswdev.wpengine.com.