Talks, visits and work experience
We also invite representatives from a huge range of careers to come and talk to our students – and some of these are former students who can either report back on how their related university course or apprenticeship is going or can talk about their experiences in the world of work. Our students make regular visits to universities and places of work to find out more about particular careers, and many courses include a work placement.
If you’re aspiring to study at the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford you can join our Oxbridge Preparation programme where you will take part in carefully planned workshops and seminars throughout your first year of study to support you in your application to the UK’s most competitive universities. Being based in Cambridge means that there are a high number of suitable super-curricular activities for students to participate in. For example, the University of Cambridge’s ‘Festival of Ideas’ features lectures from world-leading academics from a wide variety of specialisms. Long Road students are also able to attend lectures from university’s societies, such as the Cambridge University Geography Society (CUGS). We also support and encourage our students to enter various Cambridge and Oxford colleges’ essay competitions; these competitions are a brilliant opportunity to further explore a student’s chosen area of study.
To complement this programme, small seminars are run throughout the year which explores emerging academic areas. These discussions are thought-provoking and give our students interesting material to include in their personal statements. In your second year of study, you will receive one-to-one support from recent Oxbridge alumni when writing your personal statements. If you are successfully selected for an interview you will receive multiple mock interviews with recent Oxford and Cambridge University alumni.
The Long Road Enterprise Group was launched last year and worked with Ely-based charity Branching Out. This year’s group has chosen a different, media-based focus. Students who are taking the Level 4 Foundation in Art & Design, will be collaborating with English A level students to produce a magazine – written by the English students and illustrated by the Art ones. Foundation students will also be working on publications to promote their end-of-course exhibition.
The focus is to ensure that our Applied Science Extended Diploma students are given a wide and varied programme of visits to employers within the STEM sector, developing their awareness of potential career paths, and networking with potential future employers. Alongside these activities, they also engage with a broad range of masterclasses, delivered by industry specialists, to help build their confidence and employability skills, so that they have a stronger chance of positive progression in the future.
Students have also visited London: Career Ready – the Capital Experience
Form the Future
Form the Future specialise in working with education providers, students and industry, bringing them all together via different means. In our college, this includes bespoke Careers Events for Health and Social Care students, Sports students, the Apprenticeship Careers Event, and workshops for staff and parents; particularly in relation to keeping everyone informed about developments and opportunities in Apprenticeship provision in the local area.