Our Coast Road Campus Reception was a hive of activity as students bustled around Employers to find out more about the opportunities they could become involved in. Ashley Harrison from the volunteering charity VODA, said: “National Careers Week is all about raising awareness and highlighting the wide variety of options that are available – I started volunteering at VODA by helping out in community projects – it’s given me so much confidence, I actually got my job because of my volunteering experience – so it just shows the more you have on your C.V the more you can offer.”

The spotlight on career paths is a perfect headhunting opportunity for businesses, as Daniel Murphy from M2 Education emphasised: “Today I want to talk to students about the advantages of working in supply work – there’s currently a huge demand for supply workers – we get lots of young people who might be at university or work on supply during the summer break and it’s a great way for young people to earn money as well as gaining experience”.

Employers with multiple industry backgrounds were available across the week, Sharon Thompson from 4Children Nursery said: “TyneMet produce excellent job candidates, I’m really impressed with the students today – they’ve all been so prepared. I’ve received a number of CV’s that are all excellent and we’re hoping to recruit soon! “Employers from the sports industry also joined us for National Careers Week providing an action packed day. James Waiting, MD of Body Companion said: “Building your career in the sports sector isn’t always structured – my love and passion for the sport and fitness industry has seen me work in a variety of roles. My advice to anyone wanting to build a career in sport is to network as much as possible, get people to know you and be flexible – one door can open many more.”

The sports Industry can be a very competitive sector to break into and having as much experience as possible under your belt was the resounding message employers presented to students at the sports event for National Careers Week. The Employers lunch allowed students to access information around sports specific careers, Paul Chan, Personal Trainer and owner of Spidercise said: “I’ve really enjoyed today – it’s been insightful from an employer angle to see what the new workforce are looking for when applying for jobs. What I’ve seen today is a lot of talent, passion and a real determination to develop a career in the sports sector.”

National Careers Weeks gives young people the chance to investigate and explore work placements, volunteering and job opportunities in whatever career area they are interested in. For students thinking about volunteering opportunities, Phil Elsdon, Disability Sports Maker from Streetgames said: “ When I started out there wasn’t as much support as there is today – when I heard about volunteering opportunities at Steeetgames I jumped at the chance – I now get to travel the world. If you’re perusing the idea of volunteering - My advice is just to go for it!”

If you’re interested in employment or volunteering opportunities, please contact the Gateway Team. Call 0191 229 5000 or email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk