This year has been different for us at Bucks College Group in more ways than one.
Over the last few months at home, virtual classes and meetings have become a staple for all of us, a virtual Higher Education fair was however a first.
The 24th and 25th of February consisted of 16 universities from up and down the country taking part with 52 of our students; who booked 122 individual appointments. Students were given the opportunity to research each individual university and the courses they were interested in before attending the event; giving them a chance to prepare questions and to have those answered from the comfort of their own homes. Although apprehensive at first, all of our students showed great enthusiasm and quickly embraced the opportunity. Much to the delight of the universities, a number of unscheduled appointments were booked too.
The event gave students a deeper insight into university life and the way it can develop skills that make you more desirable to employers. One of our Health and Social Care students mentioned that they “got an insight into what my future could hold” and that it “helped me gain confidence”.
Another perk of the fair was the one-to-one meetings that our students were able to book with their chosen universities. It allowed students to ask those all-important questions that may have been specific to them and that university. These proved to be a hit with everyone, with the suggestion that one-to-one meetings become a part of future fairs, virtual or not. The success of this was also widely recognised by the universities, with one going on to say “the students I met were fantastic - super engaged and well prepared’’.
We would like to thank all our students that attended, as well as Caroline Craft our Careers Advisor for organising this event and Latisha Palmer for supporting on the day.