Quest Professional Newsletter

Newsletter - April 2018

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From the Principal

We have now entered the final term of this year and are looking forward to a busy few weeks as students near the end of their programmes and start applying for jobs in earnest.

We have a whole host of events and training coming up: mock interviews with employers, an on-site recruitment fair and a practice assessment centre day to name but a few.

The Careers Team will be meeting each student individually to finalise CVs and coach them in interview technique, plus our in-house stylist will be talking to everyone about what to wear when meeting a potential employer.

Things are really starting to heat up so now is the time for all our students to work even harder and stay focussed on the end goal of getting their foot on the first rung of the employment ladder!

Milestone moment for Action for A-T!

So far this year our students have managed to raise £5,500 for the rare disease research charity, Action for A-T.  Each student has been set a personal fundraising goal of £200 and encouraged to take on a personal challenge such as a run, swim or obstacle course.

The funds raised to date are in addition to the group events such as quiz evenings, bake sales, Valentine's event and auctions.  Students have set up personal fundraising pages and selected a challenge and are now promoting their efforts, applying their digital marketing skills.  

Quest Professional has worked closely with Action for A-T since 2014, so behind the fundraising is the support, knowledge and purpose to add motivation to the students participation.  Sean Kelly CEO for Action for A-T, regularly comes into Quest Professional, provides advice and support on the planning of charity events as well as discussing potential challenges such as ‘skydiving’. There are also work experience opportunities at the charity’s Epsom based office and opportunities to learn first-hand at various Action for A-T events. In addition, all students are encouraged to add their community work, event management and fundraising experience to their CVs, as these are skills that potential employers often look for.

So keep up the good work and ‘reach for the skies’, don’t get stuck in the mud and run, run, run!


Dates for the diary

We cannot wait to watch our students' hard work pay off at the charity dinners that they are going to be hosting in the upcoming weeks. If you haven't yet booked your tickets please be sure to do so as it is for a good cause.

The first event is taking place on Thursday 3rd May and will be held at Vanilla (Soho). Poster below:

The next event will be taking place on Thursday 7th June at Beaufort House (King’s Road) and tickets cost £60. 

View from the top

On Friday 20th April some of our very brave students put their fears of vertigo to the test as they completed a tandem parachute jump from 12,000ft at the Headcorn Parachute Club in Kent. 

Well done goes to Amber Lench, Lily Chivers, Ellis Hobbs, Katy Horwitz and Emerald Bailey. We are so proud of you for doing it! Each of them committed to a fundraising target and collectively they have managed to raise £3,670 to date

Ellis Hobbs described it as 'an amazing experience and even better that I was doing it for an amazing cause!'

Activities this month

Bank of England

This month the PD+ group were lucky enough to visit the prestigious Bank of England Museum in London as part of their basic finance course. This gave them an insight into the development of money and how it has evolved over the years.

The students were asked to complete an activity sheet that included finding out how the value of money changes over time and the instruments that the Bank of England have to influence this.

This helped them to continue their study of finance and understand how important inflation and interest rates are to business operations.

Property Quest

On Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April, the Business Apprentice group got a real insight into what a Career in the Property Industry would be like. The scene was set on Tuesday morning by a guest talk from an Industry Professional and the students were then separated into smaller groups to begin the tasks at hand.

The groups were set three tasks across the two days involving marketing, development and also tasked with finding a property. They had to deliver their findings back to the representative from Dexters on the final afternoon in the form of a presentation. We hope this gave the Business Apprentice students a real insight into the sector and that we have some budding estate agents in the group!

Guest Speaker

A representative from Est. 10, a recruitment agency based in Sydney, came in to speak to our students on Thursday 26th April.

Students who have considered or thought about moving to Australia to live and work signed up to attend the talk.

They had the chance to hear from Est.10 about what it means to move to a different country for work and about the opportunities they have in Sydney for our students. The agency are very willing to help if this is something that you are really considering now or in the future!

Tough Mudder

A huge congratulations goes to our fearless competitors that took part in a 5 mile Tough Mudder competition in Henley on Saturday. Your courage is inspiring and we are so proud of your achievements. Find out more about the competition (here).

Each of the students raised an individual amount of money in aid of Action for A-T. The following students all competed: Charlotte Walker, Hannah Winter, Maddie Scott, Tabitha Lawrence, Briony Shaw, Anna Chambers, Annabel Brin, Emerald Bailey, Ellis Hobbs and Katy Horwitz. 

Popping up around the country

Keep your eyes peeled for Quest at a career fair near you. In April Quest has visited: Wycombe Abbey, Chigwell, Downe House, Sherborne Boys, St Bernards and The Royal School.

Upcoming fairs will see us travelling to Essex, Dorking, Surrey, Bruton, Canterbury and Uppingham.

If you are interested in Quest Professional visiting your school/careers fair, or want to find out the services we can offer then please get in touch.

A Quest Graduation

We hope you have all received your invitations to the Graduation Ceremony being held on Friday 29th June 2018 at Plaisterers' Hall - we look forward to seeing you there.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Just remember Emma, our fabulous Careers and Alumni Consultant, is always here to support you, even years after leaving Quest. Please get in touch with Emma Colville by clicking on the link.

If anyone is looking for a work experience student or two, please get in touch with Alice Short. Key dates for the work experience are Monday 18th - Friday 29th of June 2018. We have such a great calibre of students here at Quest - all keen to gain experience within different industries.

Kick start your career with us

Wanting to study with us?

Get in touch with us on 020 7233 5957 or email us to arrange an appointment to visit and reserve a place on one of our programmes.

Remember, it is never too late to plan your future! 

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