Why you should try the Career Ready programme: from our alumni

Why you should try the Career Ready programme: from our alumni

Former student Brittany Peacock has been sharing her story in a series of online lessons to encourage more students to sign up to the UK-wide ‘Career Ready’ programme, run in partnership with the College.

The North West Student of the Year at the Young Enterprise Start Up Company of the Year Awards was also highly commended at the Association of Colleges’ Student of the Year Awards while studying at the College, attending a special reception at the House of Commons.

Through her business and enterprise BTEC Level 3 Diploma she set up social enterprise The Smiling Gift Company for children living in poverty across Greater Manchester with her peers, and organised student networking events to market products, such as personalised T-shirts and wine charms, to generate funds for the business.

The former Sale High School pupil held several different roles in College and left in 2016 for a degree in Business Management and Marketing Management at the University of Chester with her triple distinctions, graduating in the Summer of 2020 with a first.

Brittany said: “The Career Ready programme is well known, and was very well recognised during my university interview! When I first arrived in College I didn’t have a career plan, but my tutor knew I was hungry for extra-curricular opportunities so she supported my application to the Career Ready programme and encouraged me to go for the role of student ambassador and student governor; I loved my experiences at College.”

Students who sign up to the Career Ready programme gain exclusive access to masterclasses designed to prepare young people’s confidence, team work and communication skills, for the workplace. Members also receive regular meetings with a mentor working in industry (Brittany’s worked in recruitment in London). Both of which proved incredibly useful for Brittany’s stellar journey to success, gaining a place in Change Management on the graduate scheme with parcel delivery firm, Hermes.

Brittany said: “Through the College’s partnership with the Career Ready programme I got a six week internship with Halifax Bank, which was an amazing experience at 16 and has been great on my CV. The College also supported the Career Ready programme’s Capital Experience, which was a full day of talks from motivational speakers in London.”

Brittany, who now lives in Knutsford, sits on the local advisory board for the Career Ready programme, consulting with delivery partners, such as The Trafford College Group. Her resume aged 23 already includes a variety of roles, including data validation for Ombudsman Services, a management internship over the summer with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and marketing assistant for Dulux.

“During my interview with Hermes they asked me where I want to be in ten years’ time, and I said CEO! I want to keep growing. Being in the Change Team at Hermes where changes happen so quickly, getting bored is unlikely to happen, so I aim to continue working up the company,” she added.

Career Ready is a social mobility charity that empowers young people to flourish in the workplace, with a network of 1,000 employer supporters and 5,000 volunteers who loan their talent to give young people that step up. To join the Career Ready programme that helped unlock Brittany’s success, students can apply at: https://careerready.force.com/CareerReady/s/login/SelfRegister