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Botanist and broadcaster James Wong attends Employability Week

November 2014

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Writtle College students gained specialist advice, guidance and information about potential career opportunities this week.

A wide range of industry experts – including botanist and broadcaster James Wong – attended the College’s Employability Day on Tuesday 18 November.

As well as presenter and science writer James Wong, those attending the day included Matthias Baumann, an FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) veterinarian. He won a gold medal as part of the German Olympic team in eventing at the Seoul Olympics 1988 and now runs a veterinary and rehabilitation centre in Germany, as well as being an aqua treadmill specialist.

Professor Peter Williams, ex-president of the British Society of Animal Science and current Business Development Manager Biofuels at AB Agri, gave insight into his career, along with College alumnus Tim Goodman, who set up the Living Bar Company.

Lewis Farthing, from NatWest bank, offered advice about starting up a business, and Clive Witcomb, from Colchester Zoo, talked about common CV mistakes.

There were representatives from Fix Up Ambassadors, Strutt and Parker, G’s Fresh, Waitrose, Sutton Seeds, Cornelius Group PLC, Edge Hotel School, North Essex Teacher Training and Southend West School Sport Partnership.

Others included a dog trainer; a McTimoney Animal Therapist and Lecturer; a New Product Development Brewing Technologist at Muntons; a professional rider and young horse producer; a Postgraduate Musculoskeletal Pathway Lead and Chartered Physiotherapist; and a Sport and Physical Activity Assistant.

Lesley Graham, Vice-Principal (Academic) at Writtle College, said: “When recruiting graduates, employers look for evidence of skills and experience required by their organisations, but also general competencies and behaviours which make the applicant stand out from the crowd. These employability skills are essential for successful working but are often overlooked by graduates. Writtle College’s employability event helps students develop an awareness of what employers are looking for, increasing their chances of success in a very competitive jobs market once they complete their studies with us.”