Quest Professional Newsletter

Newsletter - March 2019

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A word from our Principal, Claire

This final term of the academic year is always exciting and busy at Quest as students begin their job search in earnest and anticipate taking their first step on the career ladder.

This month I’d like to share some top tips for succeeding at interviews. Good luck to all our students – remember the Quest Careers Team is here to support and guide you every step of the way!

1. Practice & Prepare

Review typical job interview questions that employers ask and practise your answers. Emphasise the skills you have which are most important to the employer and relevant to the position.

2. Research the Company & show what you know

Do your homework, researching the employer and the industry. If you’re not asked directly about this, you should try to demonstrate what you know about the company on your own. One of the best places to find out information is by looking at the company’s website.

3. Find out about your Interviewer

As well as learning about the company, you should also try to find out something about your interviewer. Know their name and use it during the interview. Check if they are on LinkedIn and if they are you can learn something about their career history. People tend to hire candidates they like and who seem a good fit for the company’s culture.

4. Be on Time

On time means arriving five to ten minutes early. If possible, do a trial journey before the day of the interview so you know how long it is going to take to get there. Arriving early means you have time to go to the bathroom, check your clothing and calm your nerves.

Goodbye to our March Graduates

This month we had to say goodbye to our January Graduate Training Programme students (in the photo above) along with our September BA and PA groups. We wish you all the best of luck as you embark on your career journey and please don't forget that the Quest door never closes so feel free to keep in touch with us after leaving Quest. 

Activities this month

Earlier this month the Principal, Claire Granados delivered a motivational speech on Confidence at a Coaching and Cava networking event. The night addressed the question 'Are you as confident as you think you are?' and had three speakers who spoke about their journey to becoming the confident presenters they are today.  

The event was held at International House London and a blog was written about it. To find out more about it click the button below. 


Dragons' Den

As part of their final moderation the BA students had to present their business plans in front of a panel of judges in an attempt to pitch for investment.

The panel included Eldridge Cooke who owns a fashion outlet and several barber/grooming shops. Eldridge is also a property developer and a well-respected community leader and social entrepreneur, running a business (SatNavCoaching CIC) focusing on youth enterprise and Roy MacKenzie a Barrister (who used to be a member of Sir Alan Sugar's inner-circle legal team), but is also the Founder/CEO of a successful international corporate serviced apartments business called "London Serviced Apartments", now having global reach.

Congratulations to you all for the great efforts, we hope you found it a valuable exercise. 

The Wise House

Earlier this month owner and 'guvnor' of The Wise House, Lucy Taylor came in to speak to the Graduate Training and BA Programme students. 

Lucy shared her tips on running a small business 'warts'n'all', and talked through her journey to becoming the go-to shop for all things eco friendly. We hope the talk inspired some of you to consider the idea of looking to create your own business idea. 

As students, commuters and office workers, we can all do our bit to make our workplace greener and her products are the perfect way to do so.

As a special treat, Lucy has set up a discount code WISEQUEST10 valid on her products until the 30th April.

Connect Mentors

For the first time we launched a partnership with Connect Mentors to match Mentees seeking insight, access and opportunities to build their personal career paths with employees from progressive organisations (as Mentors).

The speed mentoring event (which was open to all students) was a huge success and included mentors from the following industry sectors:

  • Insurance
  • Human Resources
  • IT/Digital Tech
  • Journalism 
  • Marketing

If you were unable to attend but would still like to pair with a mentor then click the link below.

Get Matched now and start your Mentorship!

Counter Terrorism Talk

Our central London location gives us fantastic access to a number of exciting opportunities for our students. Another first for Quest was having Senior MPS officers (Rick Warrington and Roy Ellard) come to address our Professional Diploma Programme students earlier this month.

The talk was scheduled as part of their Current Affairs module and enabled the students to get first hand knowledge about counter terrorism strategies and being recruited into gangs.

The guest speakers had prepared a talk on the complexities/sensitivities, preventive strategies and responses to UK terror threats, including a Q&A session.

We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

Photoshop Workshop

Following the success of last month's Photoshop workshops (offered to the BA and PA students) run by Amelia Ellis, this month it was the Professional Diploma students' turn.

During the full day workshop they were tasked to use Photoshop to create a new brand concept from scratch. 

Most of the students had never used Photoshop and initially found the task challenging however after getting to grips with some of the basics the end results were fantastic!

Magazine Quest Day

This month the January BAs took part in the Magazine Quest Day. This is one in a series of practical training activities that give students the opportunity to learn more about a particular industry sector through tasks based on real work situations. Quest Days are assessed by experts in those fields. 

Their challenge was to produce a completely new and original magazine. Competencies tested included written communication, analysing and investigating.

Condé Nast

Sarah Baron who works for the Classified Department at Condé Nast spoke to the Graduate Training Programme students about their Advertising Sales Executive Graduate Scheme. This was a great opportunity to find out more about the brand and how to apply for the Graduate Scheme.

PA Club

The PA Club is a networking organisation which hosts events for Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants and provides support for their career. The Director, Charmian Hislop, came in to speak to our PA group.

Spreading the Quest Word

With the career fair season underway we have had a busy month promoting Quest to local schools. We would like to thank the following schools for having us:

  • Eastbourne College
  • Badminton School
  • The Broxbourne School
  • Ampleforth College
  • Sutton Valence School
  • Wycombe Abbey
  • Taunton School
  • Millfield School
  • New Hall School
  • Strode's College
  • Pipers Corner
  • Priors Field School
  • Chigwell School

If you are interested in Quest Professional visiting your school to host a CV workshop, have a stand at a careers fair, or want to find out about the services we can offer then please get in touch.

Job successes

We love helping our students discover what is next and we would like to congratulate the following for securing new positions: Annabel May, Anna Wheeler, Jessica Barkas, Tess Freeman, Maddie Haggas, Polly Hickish, Esme Prior, Freya Richardson and Alex Campbell- Lamerton. We are very proud of all of you!

For any of you still needing help, remember our fabulous careers team, Emma and Alice, are always here to support you, even years after leaving Quest.

So, whether you are looking to secure a new role, gain work experience, make a move from your current role or simply to say hello, please get in touch with Emma Colville.

Make 2019 your year

The next Graduate Training Programme is due to start on Tuesday the 9th April 2019. For anyone looking to still join please do get in touch with us as soon as possible to secure your space on the programme. 

For those students wishing to join us in September, please note that the programmes are filling up fast.

To avoid disappointment, get in touch with us on 020 7233 5957 or email us to arrange an appointment to visit and reserve a place. 


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