Life After College - Where are They Now?
Course: A Levels in French, History and Psychology
CV: Left College and went to university to study Psychology before completing a post-graduate certificate in education. Worked in a primary school for children with special needs before joining Holy Trinity School in Guildford. Spent a number of years travelling in South Africa, Canada and Australia.
Currently: The Founder and Director of Global Handprints: provides independent volunteer placements at small, locally established projects in Uganda and India.
"Guildford College taught me to be independent and take responsibility for my own learning. This independence helped me get where I am today as I realised if you want something and want to achieve you need to work for it yourself rather than expect others to create opportunities for you."
Course: Business Level 3 BTEC National Diploma
CV: Internship during College course at Swiss Re; became their youngest ever employee in the world. Headhunted by other major global companies, before deciding to branch out on his own.
Currently: Businesses have a turnover in excess of £3 million: ticket and hospitality company with a growth of over 200% last year; Broken Entertainment which runs Showcase:LIVE, bringing unsigned artists from around the UK to the attention of the music industry; family wine business; international corporate consultancy work.
“I wish I’d listened more to my teachers at the College. Now I pay people to give me advice that back then I was basically getting for free! My teachers really helped and believed in me and kept on at me to get some qualifications."
Course: Catering City & Guilds
CV: Apprentice Chef at The Ritz Hotel; worked for Peter Kromberg at the Michelin starred Le Soufflé restaurant; Head Chef at The Meridian Hotel; gained a Michelin Star at L’Interlude restaurant. Regular on BBC TV series The Best, Ever Wondered about Food, Economy Gastronomy, Saturday Kitchen and others including Market Kitchen, GMTV and Daily Cooks Challenge. Author of Using the Plot – Tales of an Allotment Chef and Economy Gastronomy.
Currently: Head Chef and owner of The Victoria, East Sheen, London
Course: Hairdressing NVQ Level 3
CV: Headhunted at age 21 to manage Lynx Barbershop in London’s West End. Worked for a photographer in Palm Beach, USA for 2 years as a session hairdresser on photoshoots for magazines and productions. Returned to the UK to manage celebrity hairdresser Leo Bancroft’s Weybridge salon, where he became a platform artist for global haircare brand Redken. Awarded Independent Salon/Business Newcomer of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards 2010, finalised for a further three business awards in 2011.
Currently: Owns Clay Salon & Spa, Oxshott, Surrey
“I look back on my college days with great pride and happy memories. I was not totally clear at that stage that I wanted to be a businessman, but I think I have just always embraced every challenge that I’ve faced. My advice to any budding student is to really absorb every element of student life and most importantly enjoy it."
Lydia Jayne Bushnell
Course: Hairdressing NVQ Level 3
CV: Trained at Nicky Clarke Salon in Mayfair, London specialised in cutting and styling.
Currently: Now working as a stylist alongside Matthew David in his new bespoke hairdressing salon in Mayfair, London. Works on photo shoots, cat walks, editorials and in the salon day to day.
"I enjoyed college because I could learn with other students who had similar interests, all aiming towards the same goal, so you had constant support from classmates and tutors. We were given opportunities to learn techniques from hairdressing greats and learn about every aspect of hair. If I hadn't gone to College I wouldn't have been inspired to do and experience everything I have."
Course: Media Studies Diploma
"I joined Guildford College in 2008 as I fell short of the entry requirements for the sixth form at my secondary school. It was disappointing that my grades were lower than expected but thankfully Guildford College presented me with a chance to prove myself in both Further Education and my GCSE resit. During my time at College I achieved a National Diploma in Media Studies and a 'C' in GCSE English.
Although my aim was to simply achieve these grades, what I didn't expect was to develop a passion for them - especially English, which I struggled with at school.
As one of my passions is watching football I volunteered to write match reports for Woking Football Club and after getting these published on the club's website and in the match-day magazine, I decided I wanted to study journalism.
My grades at College and the experience gained whilst writing match reports meant that I was offered a place at Anglia Ruskin University to study a BA (hons) in Journalism. During my time studying at university I was provided with the chance to do work experience with respected football publications such as The Non-League Football Paper and Goal.com, which was a brilliant experience.
Upon leaving university with my degree I joined a graduate scheme at a local PR agency. I have now been there just under three years and have made strides forward in my career. I now draft content on a daily basis and am working towards achieving a management position within the company.
Wherever my career goes from here I will always look back to my time at Guildford College as a pivotal moment that kick-started my whole experience. The time invested in me and the expertise of the lecturers were second to none and the journey I have gone on would not have been possible without them."
Course: Acting Level 3 BTEC National Diploma
CV: Has taught for several theatre schools: street dance, drama and musical theatre. Made a short film called ‘Dead Dog’ and currently rehearsing for the lead in the musical ‘Rent’
Currently: Recently accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York to start a course in September 2013; hopes to work on Broadway whilst in New York and then return to work in the West End.
"Guildford College helped me to gain the skills I needed to apply for drama school and also prepared me for my drama school auditions."
Travel & Tourism
Course: Tour Operations NVQ Level 3
CV: Work experience at Kuoni led to a job in the Call Centre then Product Department. Has travelled through her work to Japan, Borneo, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Mauritius, Muscat, Egypt, Dubai, Monaco and others.
Currently: Assistant Manager at Kuoni Guildford.
“The ABTAC, ABTOC and BA Fares & Ticketing courses were brilliant at giving you an understanding of all different parts of the business and when I started at Kuoni I think it gave me a real advantage as I already knew how parts of the business and the rules and regulations worked."