The Salesians’ Signposts programme was invited to present at a high-profile careers event in London earlier this month. Anita Morais and Fr David O'Malley SDB were the guests of Heythrop College at their final Careers Dinner, hosted at the historic Drapers' Hall, in the heart of the City.
Anita and David were able to present the purpose and approach of Signposts to a wide range of students and professionals in the careers development departments of the University of London.
The Signposts team was invited specifically to address those students who were struggling to find a sense of direction as they came to the end of their degree courses to offer ongoing help to those still searching for their best next step. They outlined the content of the workshops and weekend experiences, took questions from career professionals and dealt with enquiries from students.
The Careers Dinner has been an annual event for Heythrop College, and aims to enable students - final year undergraduates in the main – to meet and network with a range of professionals in order to learn more about the sector they represent, with the possibility of having work experience and/or internships.
The keynote speaker was Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC (Barrister and Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple; former Vice Chancellor, University of London). Other professionals attending included Jane Leek, Regional Director of Porticus UK, Tamsin Eastwood Consultant at Stone King (Lawyers) and Chair of Heythrop Governors, and Brendan Walsh, Literary Editor of The Tablet.
The very special venue for the final Careers Dinner was arranged by the kindness of one of the Heythrop Governors, Jane Makower Mather, who is a Trustee of the Drapers’ Guild. The Drapers’ Company is over 600 years old and is established by royal charter initially as guild of professional drapers and has now developed into a major philanthropic company. Its location at the centre of the City of London reflects its long history and the wealth that it now shares with many needy causes.
The event was a great success, and the Signposts team is pleased that the London University Careers Service has expressed a strong interest in enabling their workshops to run in a number of different settings.
The development of one to one guidance is still going on for Signposts but progress so far includes the development of a team of workshop leaders, a revised weekend programme and a growing network of contacts in universities and across many church organisations. The project continues to raise its profile in the south of England and will soon be developing networks in other parts of the country.
The next Signposts weekend will take place on April 22-23rd in Savio House and further workshops and training are taking place during lent and Easter.
If you want to know more about Signposts visit the website www.signposts.uk.net
Photos: Anthony Kelly