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National Careers Week 2020

National Careers Week 2020

Date: 06 March 2020

This week was National Careers Week, which celebrates the careers guidance and opportunities available to students across the UK. 

Here's a rundown of everything that took place this week!

Student Support 

At East Surrey College, we are proud to offer impartial advice and guidance to all students, supporting them with finding work placements, jobs and Apprenticeships. 

Our friendly staff based in the Job Zone can help students with finding work placements, writing CVs and cover letters and sorting placement paperwork. 


Throughout the week on social media, we shared #CareerStories of our staff, showcasing the different routes to rewarding careers. We asked our staff to share the skills they had gained in their first jobs, and here are a few of their responses: 

Rebecca Taylor, Vice Principal - Curriculum & Standards
First job: 
detasseling corn over a summer in cornfields in Ontario!
“resilience, teamwork, and getting up early in the morning, every morning! All of these skills been instrumental in my career progression.”


David Rabjohns, Director of Learning - Service Industries
First job: “picking garlic on a farm. At 16, I was then a junior assistant in a hairdressing salon” 
"I learnt the value of hard work and how to treat customers and colleagues with respect and tolerance."

Jayne Dickinson, Principal (ESC) & CEO (College Group)
First job: "working in the Littlewood store cafeteria"
“People skills, customer service and the importance of teamwork to get the job done quickly”

Richard Brooks, Business Development Manager
First job: "Helping an elderly couple run the local pet shop on Saturdays"
“I gained skills in customer service, that developed during that time and have always been in use during my career. I still meet new people and enjoy engaging in conversation and supporting their business needs”

Career Polls

Over on our Instagram account, we posted some job-related questions, to see what you want from a career! Around 60 people answered each poll, and here are the responses! 

  • 62% would prefer to work inside 
  • More people (77%) would rather work the day shift than overnight
  • 63% would enjoy working on-site instead of an office 
  • Most people would prefer working in the UK (66%), rather than abroad (34%)
  • A large majority would rather work in a team, than alone! (75% teamworkers)
  • Working with children proved more popular than working with animals (57% chose children)


At ESC, we're proud to provide our students with first-class facilities and industry-level equipment to help develop their skills to industry standard, for the career they're working towards. 

Our Hair, Beauty & Make-Up salons are full of a range of products available for students and are light and spacious environments to work creatively in. The professional salons are open to the public, with a range of treatments available at Escape Salon & Spa. The large Construction and Engineering workshops are equipped with the latest technology for students to practice with, adhering to health and safety regulations. The Reigate School of Art is home to a darkroom, music and film editing suites, greenscreen, recording studio and workshops, catering for a variety of creative interests. At ESC, we also have a Gym and Sports Hall for students to use as part of their course, or during enrichment sessions! Across the College, we have classrooms suited to a range of subjects and a Learning Resource Centre, stocked with course textbooks and computers!


If you want to find out more about our Full-time courses on offer for 2020/21, get in touch with our Client Services team on 01737 78844 or 

Address: East Surrey College, Gatton Point, London Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2JX

Main Switchboard: 01737 772611 / Client Services: 01737 788444 / Email:

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