Workplace Wednesdays reach 100 students

Despite the obvious challenges and pressures on students during 2020, not to mention Zoom fatigue, some 100 students have now signed up to watch our Workplace Wednesday online discussions.

The sessions, hosted by Make Happen’s Jordan Francis, are designed to give students a 30-minute insight into all the different jobs and careers out there that they might pursue, from the people that are doing them.

Jordan said: “Perhaps what’s been the most surprising thing from talking to the professionals is how most career paths aren’t straightforward. Most of the people we’ve spoken to have taken some interesting career twists and turns along the way to get where they are.

“That’s why these are particularly helpful to students, because career pathways don’t always follow a straight line, and any experience you pick up along the way is always going to help you later on.”

Interviews include Guardian and BBC journalist Fran Abrams, and Susan Fagbohun who is now a producer for ITV Sport. One of the most popular sessions was Mark Walker who is now a senior computer programmer at Realbuzz.

Jordan added: “Mark found his passion for computing in school, and from starting in the industry his work today now involves supporting people looking to raise money for charity through sporting events, showing how computer programming is vital to so many industries today.”

In case you didn’t manage to catch these events the first time, you can still watch all of the sessions via YouTube. At just 30 minutes each, they are an easy and accessible way of getting a taste of the many careers out there after university.

More Workplace Wednesday sessions are coming up in 2021, so keep an eye out on our events page.

"Career pathways don’t always follow a straight line, and any experience you pick up along the way is always going to help you later on."