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Week 8: Pre-University Programme

The Pre-University Programme continued in Week 8 with a number of seminars, lectures and masterclasses for A2 pupils to attend.

Life Skills Masterclasses

For this week’s Pre-University Masterclass Natalie Bickford, HR Director at Merlin Entertainments, gave sixth formers her top tips when it comes to applying for jobs. Natalie drew the pupils’ attentions to the importance of doing internships between now and when they finish university. This could either be as a full year as part of their university degree or as a summer programme in between each university year.  She also highlighted the importance of just getting a job: “Any job shows hard work and independence, teamwork, resilience and customer service skills.”   

Natalie drew upon her experience to highlight the dos and don’ts when it comes to creating CVs, some of which included:

  • One page (two if you must)
  • Target your CV directly to the role
  • Don’t be arrogant
  • Don’t be too humble
  • Tell the truth
  • Focus on key points

Sixth formers were then introduced to three different interview formats that are used today (face to face, live video and pre-recorded video) and Natalie explained the three different styles (biographical, competency and hypothetical).

This masterclass was extremely useful in providing sixth formers with some awareness of what is to come over the next few years, putting them in a better position to succeed.

Pre-University lectures

This week, the Pre-University Music group were given a lecture by OB Professor Robert Saxton, who is a Fellow and Tutor in Music at Worcester College, University of Oxford.