12 Mar

Vocations Week 2018 is Huge Success

To coincide with National Careers and Apprenticeships Weeks, St David’s held a week-long ‘Vocations Festival’ at the beginning of March.

The week began on Monday 5th March with two lunch time talks: The Benefit of Summer Schools, delivered by Aberystwyth University, and Student Finance by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Tuesday was a busy day that began at 10:30 when we welcomed Lyanna from StationRd, a St David’s alumnus and Partner of St David’s own marketing agency, who delivered a successful a talk on Understanding Your Audience to an upper sixth BTEC Business class.

At 11:30, Gareth Lewis, the presenter from Good Evening Wales on BBC Radio Wales, spoke to a packed lecture theatre about working in the broadcast industry.

At lunch time, the UWTSD delivered a talk entitled ‘Brand Yourself’, focusing on the importance of being aware of the image that your online presence is projecting to employers.

We also held a ‘Languages Lunch’ which was attended by our languages and Welsh tutor group students, as well as speakers from Capital Law and Routes Cymru. Gethin and Rachel gave some short presentations about their experience of using language in business, and then chatted to the students over an international spread.

Wednesday was another busy day with lunch time talks from Careers Wales about alternatives to HE and from Jen Thornton about careers in politics. Some of our students attended the BioWales Conference at the Millennium Centre while others had in-class talks from USW in preparation for their poetry A2 exam, and from the WRU about apprenticeships in the field of Sport.

On Thursday, over 300 students attended the Vocations Fayre, held in the sports hall after College. Our students, applicants and partner school year 11s were all invited to speak to local and national employers and universities in an effort to aid them in making informed choices about their progression. Details of the institutions in attendance can be found later in the report below.

The week came to a close with an Honours Vocations Day at Cardiff University, and three lunch-time talks from Network75, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and from Cardiff University about the admissions process for UK Medicine degrees.

In total, almost 500 students have taken part in all of the activities organised for Vocations Week, making the event extremely successful and worthwhile.



490 students took part in activities through the week

5 acceptance slips handed in at the Vocations Fayre from our applicants

9 lunchtime talks from employers and universities

60 exhibitors at the Vocations Fayre, from across the UK

153 students attended lunchtime talks

17 activities through the week

4 in-lesson talks from employers and universities

9 leading universities took part in the week

27 exhibitors spoke another language

330 students and their parents attended Vocations Fayre

8 alumni attended through the week

4 St David's parents exhibited at the Fayre


View the Vocations Week Report