Quest Professional Newsletter

Newsletter - July 2018

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Keep calm in the lead up to Results Day

Principal Claire Granados knows that results day can be a very nerve-wracking time, so she has put together some useful tips to help you remain calm and prepare for the day. 

  1. Talk about how you’re feeling  

If you’re nervous or anxious, talk about it. Tell your family or friends, or write it down. Don’t be embarrassed – you might think nobody else is feeling this way but chances are they are. Exams are stressful. Talking to someone else about your nerves can help put things in perspective. Bottling up stress can make it worse, so it’s really important not to keep it all inside.

  1. Make a plan

Be organised – know what time you’ve got to go and pick up your results and where you need to go. Making an action plan for the day will help you feel prepared. Think about what you might need to do if you don’t get the grades you were hoping for so you’re not panicking on the day. For example, if your university place or job offer is dependent on you getting certain results, have their number handy so that you can call them on the day to see if they’re still willing to offer you the place. Plan something nice to do with friends or family later in the day so that you have it to look forward to regardless of what happens.

  1. Get plenty of rest

Sleep may be the last thing on your mind the evening before results day but it will help to put you in a good frame of mind to face what lies ahead. Get up early the day before rather than having a mammoth lie in and do a bit of exercise at some point so that you’re good and tired when you go to bed. Avoid too much caffeine, especially six hours before you go to bed, and have a nice, relaxing bath in the evening. Resist the urge to go over and over your exams in your head because it won’t help and there’s really nothing you can do about it now. It might also be an idea to stay off social media if exams are all everyone seems to be talking about because it’ll only make you feel worse. Try reading a book or magazine instead to help your mind unwind.

  1. Don’t go alone

You may not think you want to take your Mum or Dad along with you to school, but you’ll probably really appreciate having a family member with you when you get there and the nerves set in. Being with your friends is all well and good, but it might be best to have a family member there as well. Firstly, if you need to go by car they can drive you (and your bundle of nerves) there and bring you home again. Secondly, if things don’t go according to plan, two heads are better than one when it comes to gathering as much info as possible about your next steps, assessing the options and coming up with a plan of action. Finally, even if they don’t come in handy for either of the above, they might buy you a nice lunch afterwards!

  1. If you didn’t get the exam results you were hoping for

Don’t panic. You have plenty of options if you didn’t get the exam grades you wanted. Take a deep breath and start talking. Speak to your teacher, careers adviser, and whoever else you can to help you decide what you should do next. Find out as much as you can before making a decision and remember, this is not the end of the world. There are many extremely successful people out there who didn’t get the grades they were hoping for either. There are lots of paths to success so use your disappointment as motivation to find yours. Again, you may want to stay off social media for the day. Chances are there’ll be lots of excited chatter about results that won’t make you feel any better. 

  1. If you got the exam results you wanted

YAY! A massive well done to you - make sure you celebrate your tremendous achievement! But in your excitement remember to be aware that others around you may not have had such happy news – so be sensitive to those who now have some important decisions to make.

No matter what happens, don't forget we are here to help advise you so put our helpline number 020 7233 5957 on speed dial!


Beat the Results Day Rush!

Our programmes starting in September 2017 are quickly filling up! It is strongly recommended that you secure your place ahead of Results Day. 

Have a look at our website to find out more information about the different programmes that we offer. 

Wanting to book a place? Please get in touch with one of our team on 020 7233 5957 or email Amelia Ellis to arrange an appointment to come in, see us and reserve your place at Quest!


Expanding our network

Over the Summer we have been working hard to develop and maintain our network - providing employment, work experience opportunities and advice sessions to recent leavers and Alumni. We have also been reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure they remain aligned to employer's needs. 

It is therefore no surprise that our students are in such high demand which is why we need your help! 

We are keen to continue building our Network. If you or your organisation would like to become involved then please do get in touch with Emma Colville or call 020 7233 5957. 


Spreading the Quest word

We are pleased to share a recent article by our Principal, Claire Granados which appeared on page 25 of Education Today and highlighted suggestions on how to improve vital employability skills. It really is a great read, enjoy!


From one parent to another

Interested to know a first-hand account from one of our students parents?

The mother of a student that graduated from us in June sent us some feedback on her experience which we would like to share with you…

She said her daughter was not considering going to University but that she found it difficult to find alternative choices for her. While schools are supposed to help guide the students and parents about alternative options, this did not happen so she was glad that there was a company like us out there.

In her words, she liked the concept that her daughter would benefit from gaining a professional qualification. She liked the concept that her daughter would gain organised work experience and thinks real-life experience is much more important as life is not just all about exams.

She mentioned that the most useful part of her daughter's time at Quest was learning life skills, independence and confidence building which have helped her since leaving.



Job successes

Here at Quest we're very proud of the fact that our students are regularly securing new positions and promotions in the workplace.

Congratulations are in order for Katherine Stacey, Mimmie Kargotis Read, Imogen Kisberg, Ellis Hobbs, Lily Chivers, Natasha Allhusen, Lucy Evans and Mimi Gable who have all recently succeeded in gaining new opportunities to further their careers.

Please remember that if you would like any help or advice regarding moving roles, then do get in touch with our Student and Alumni Consultant Emma Colville. 


Looking for somewhere to stay whilst at Quest?

We have some great recommendations below. Find out more about them on our website.



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Set in the heart of London in Zone 1, this residence combines sleek and stylish living, with endless communal areas, bills included and FREE Wi-Fi throughout. Offering single en-suite rooms and studios, all with private bathrooms. Free gym on-site.



Just a 30 min walk to Quest, every room includes a generous work area, small double bed, ample storage, en-suite shower room and shared kitchen/living area. Your rent includes all bills, FREE Wi-Fi and contents insurance, plus if you share a studio as a couple, there are no supplements to pay.

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Take control of your future

Are you a keen organiser who wants to plan ahead for next year? It is never too early to enrol with us, all you need to do is contact us and book in for an interview. 


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