In The Know – Explore Career Options!

In The Know – Explore Career Options!

Careers Events In The Know What's new?

We all know that learning does not always have to take place in a classroom. One of the best ways you can learn is by trying out new things outside of the classroom! This week we’ve put together three exciting ways to explore career options this summer and learn new things whilst having fun!

For the Engineers – The Holiday Makers
Year of Engineering has created a free programme called The Holiday Makers to keep young people’s minds active over the summer. From inspiring challenges to hands-on activities, this programme enables young people to learn more about engineering and the wonderful opportunities it can bring. New challenges will be announced every week during July and August. Best part is, there are prizes up for grabs! To get started, click here.

For the Fashionistas – The V & A Museum
The V & A Museum in London is not only just the world’s leading museum of art and design; they offer interesting courses for young people to learn and enjoy! Coming up next week are workshops for any budding fashionistas who would like to learn how to create and cut their own patterns. Being able to pattern cut is an essential skill for anyone interested in creating clothes and being involved in the fashion industry. Find out more about this workshop and others available here.

For the Coders – CoderDojo
CoderDojo is a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. The best news is that there are Dojos all over! Click here to locate your closest one.

GT Scholars runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

A recap of our Career Day 2018: Finding Your Passion

A recap of our Career Day 2018: Finding Your Passion

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GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment events for young people aged 11-18.

As part of our Academic Programme and Awards Programme, scholars have the opportunity to attend our a range of enrichment events for young people including visits to universities, visits to the city and career days for young people.

Saturday 24th of March 2018 marked the date for our Annual Career Day. The theme of the day was Finding Your Passion and the day was a huge success.

The panel consisted out of talented professionals from various backgrounds and served for an in-depth overview of various career-focused topics.

With a turnout of over 70 young people and parents, the atmosphere was lively and we had some interesting questions that were submitted to the panel. GT Scholars would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our annual career day.

The day was very informative and insightful, with plenty of light shed on important questions. The day returned plenty of positive feedback from the young people, who found the event extremely useful and enjoyed learning about different career paths and options. We had speakers from a range of career backgrounds including a project manager at Lloyds Banking Group, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, a Senior Contract Manager at NHS England and senior software engineer and technologist with over 10 years experience in the tech industry.

We’ve put together a short summary of the discussions that took place on the day and the key messages from the day.

  1. Work experience can help you discover your passion:  Not all young people find deciding on a career, to be an easy decision to make, especially at the age of 13 years old. Young people might find it hard to establish what their strengths and weaknesses are. They might struggle with knowing what they are good at and which field will be best suited for them. We all dream of a career that we can flourish in, excelling in doing what we are good at, something we have a passion for.  Often we set ourselves to believe that we would enjoy a certain task or activity, but when we measure our perception against the practical experience, things don’t always turn out the way we’ve made our minds up to be. The only way to discover your passion and whether it can be a viable career option is to gain some work experience, accept an internship or to talk to someone in a similar field. Young people can gain ‘’behind the scenes’’ information on a particular career that they are interested in.
  2. Embrace your talents, they are limitless: Having a growth mindset is the key to unlocking your potential and talents. A lot of young people have the perceived idea that there is an elite group of people who are destined to be successful and talented and that they do not particularly fit into that group.  That could not be farther from the truth! One of the questions asked by a young person at Career Day was, which career choice would be better: Embarking on a career journey on becoming a barrister or being a Youtube entrepreneur? The panel responded with:’’ You can be both.’’ Young people should not limit themselves, with the right mindset and dedication you can become anything you want to be, and most importantly you do not have to label yourself to fit into a specific category. You can still be a barrister with a Youtube channel and a profitable E-commerce business on top of that! There is no rule that says you need to limit yourself to only one profession. Young people should be free, creative and fearless. Approaching life with a can-do attitude.
  3. Studying Online: There was also a lot of interests and questions about the option of studying online. The discussion touch on a number of online courses available, some even free. While an online course does not carry the same credibility as a degree, they are still very useful and informative. It is a great inexpensive way to brush up on some skills or learn new skills. Not all courses are accredited so it is always a good idea to inquire about that before enrolling or paying for a course or paying for a certificate.
    • Udemy is a great online source if you are looking to enrol in an online course. Udemy courses are not recognised by employers as a qualification but it is still worth adding your completion of the course on your CV. It can show a potential employer that you are self-invested and eager to learn.
    • Coursera and EdX is another great online learning platform. With free online courses and members from the world’s most leading universities, edX offers a verified certificate that confirms your course completion. Another great thing about edX is that you can build up credits that you can put towards your university or college application for professional development.
    • For more websites for online learning, read one of our other blog entries: 10 Websites young people can use to learn anything online.
  4. How to filter through choices: First and foremost it is important to remember that a career does not necessarily have to be a lifetime commitment. There are many career choices available and when imagining yourself being in a certain career field, young people should rather be asking how they can add value to their day to day life and the daily responsibilities that would be assigned to them. Young people should be asking themselves questions such as: What strengths and skills do I have? How can I utilise this to make a difference in my own life as well as others? Another important question young people need to ask themselves is: What will I enjoy doing? As parents we can develop our children’s communication, problem-solving, team working, leadership skills and creativity as these are the skills directly involved in making a career choice or business venture a success.

It was great to see how the young people who attended the event were supported by their parents. All parents who’ve attended our career day gained more perspective on the career and study options available to young people and learned how they as parents could provide the necessary support to young people needing to make these important life decisions.

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to the organisations that supported us to make this day happen: Amazon Foundation, Blackrock Foundation and Goldsmiths University – for giving young people and their parents the opportunity to attend our event and receive impartial information about different careers, apprenticeships, and university. Without the continuing support of our sponsors, enrichment activities such as our annual career day would not be possible.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity that helps young people from a range of backgrounds get better grades at school and get into top universities and competitive careers. If you would like to find out more information about GT Scholars and their after school one-to-one private tutoring and mentoring session, register your interest. Please feel free to subscribe to our newsletter and get notified of future events, workshops and opportunities for young people aged 11-16.

In The Know: Your child’s future!

In The Know: Your child’s future!

Events In The Know University What's new? Young people

We hope you’re having a wonderful week! Today we are focussing on university and beyond as we bring you several events and programmes that can give your child a head start on their future!

University of London – Taster Courses
The Taster Course Programme provides students in Year 12 (aged 16-17) with a taste of what life at a university in London is like.  Your child would experience real lectures, gain insight into the additional facilities available and meet students from across the UK. All the taster courses are free to attend and your child can choose a course from a variety of subjects taking place at the numerous participating universities. Courses range from voice and drama, to medicine and nursing, to computing and business. Find our more on their website.

Bank of England – Scholarship Programme
In conjunction with the Windsor Fellowship, the Bank of England are offering students aged 17-18 a scholarship programme that can financially support them whilst at university. Aside from receiving a considerable amount of money to cover living expenses, your child would also receive mentoring and paid summer internships. Your child must fit certain criteria to qualify for this and the application deadline is Sunday 26th February, so head over to the website to find out more and apply.

Sky – Tech Insight Evening
On Wednesday 1st March, Sky are offering young women aged 16-24 the chance to come and find out more about Technology in a Broadcast Centre. If your daughter is enthusiastic and has a keen interest in tech then this is a perfect event to learn more about what a career in technology entails and what apprenticeships and opportunities are available to her. No experience is necessary so encourage your daughter to sign up today!

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on growth mindset and reaching potential. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. We aim to help you achieve your aspirations and get into top universities and competitive careers. To find out more, browse our website and get in touch with us: https://gtscholars.org/register-your-interest

Careers day on Saturday March 18th 2017

Careers day on Saturday March 18th 2017

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Apprenticeships or university? Which university? Which course? How do you choose the right career? How can I get access to scholarships?

Saturday 30th April is our Careers day for young people. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet professionals from a range of careers and get impartial information on apprenticeships and university degrees.

We want young people to meet professionals from a range of careers; learn how to get into certain professions and find out how and where to get work experience.

If you want to know how to land a top apprenticeship, how to get into a top university or how to get sponsored for your degree or future career – then you don’t want to miss this!

Recommended age: 11-18
Location: London borough of Croydon (Jury’s Inn, Croydon, CR0 9XY)
Fees and instructions: Tickets must be booked via eventbrite by Saturday 23rd April. The event is from 12pm-3.30pm. Lunch will be provided.

Information session (Thursday March 30th 2017)

Information session (Thursday March 30th 2017)

Events What's new?

Would you like to find out more about GT Scholars? Would you like your child join our next intake of scholars?  If so, you’ll need to join us at one of our scholar information sessions and interview days. This session is for scholars and parents that have registered their interest. If you haven’t registered your interest, you can so this by clicking on this link.

Please note that:

  • All young people must be accompanied by an adult
  • There will be photography at this event
  • Please provide the name of all attendees as we will not be able to accept visitors without tickets
  • There are no childcare facilitaties on site, so you may need to make arrangements for younger members of your family

To find out more about GT Scholars, please visit the website www.gtscholars.org

Date: Thursday 30th March 2017. Time: 6-7.30pm

Location: Croydon