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19 November 2019

As part of Careers month at Harper Adams, students had the opportunity to attend the Careers and Placement Fair 2019 across campus.  Boasting over 135 employers, today’s event gave students the chance to seek out working opportunities from vacation work to graduate opportunities.

Maria Simpson, our Careers Service Manager, spoke about the importance of hosting such events.  She commented, “It’s amazing that 137 employers are looking at so many different opportunities to help and support students develop their skills for the future. They're engaging with students from first year through to postgraduate level - there’s something here for everyone.”

The NFU Mutual were in attendance, talking about a variety of three year graduate placement schemes in several areas including HR, Finance and Customer Service.

Becky Ball, a recent graduate, spoke about the opportunities her graduate placement has given her so far, saying, "The placement has been really flexible. As the NFU covers the whole country, we have the ability to to move between areas of the company. I'm currently in Sales, but if you wanted to experience underwriting or claims, then we can. We can also move to different areas of the country with our two central offices based in Bristol and York. It's a great chance to put a variety of skills to the test in a supportive environment."

Georgia Westcott is a placement student working at Guide Dogs. Having studied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, she took the opportunity to take her first two years of education out into the field in a practical capacity. She commented, "They’ve given me everything I want in a placement in being able to talk, learn and put everything I’ve learnt into practise.

"I've had a lot of hands on time with the dogs which has been great, so everything I’ve learnt in the lecturers I’ve been able to apply. In seeing the training side of what my degree covers, I've been implementing behaviour techniques and working on what works best for me and the dogs.

"This is definitely something I want to follow on with once I finish my degree. There’s lots of options, not just as a dog trainer, but you can be a welfare officer and fundraiser too.”

The event was a great success with many students engaging with employers to discover the different opportunities on offer to them.  The next careers event at Harper Adams is the Land and Property Management experience day on Wednesday 5th February 2020. You can find out more by clicking here.

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