Posted: Sat 3rd Sep 2022

“Future leaders” course helping to prepare students for the workplace for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Sep 3rd, 2022

Students at Wrexham Glyndwr University have gained valuable insights into how to succeed in the modern workplace. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Speakers from the world of business, government, charity and the arts have shared their knowledge and experience with students during a series of question and answer sessions as part of the Future Leaders short course. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Students have heard from Baroness Kay Andrews; Glynne Jones, office of secretary of state for Wales; Stewart Mculloch, Head of UK Sales at Elior Ltd; Sonia Bate – MD and Founder of Edit Development Ltd; Claire Thomas-Hanna. Head of HR for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at BCUHB; Richard Nicholls, Director of Operations at Arts Council Wales; and Clare Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of WGU. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Student Magdalena Prechtl, 24, from Laufen in Germany, said: “It is very encouraging and extremely interesting to chat with these experts. It is rare to have a chance to talk to them so openly and in a personal context. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“They all are very strong and unique personalities and have a lot of good advice to offer.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over the past month students have taken part taken part in a short course that blends academic concepts and personal experience to cover topics such as, leadership styles; motivation; performance management; delegation; self-awareness and organisation structures. A key aim is to give students a competitive edge when job hunting, and the knowledge to succeed in their careers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Psychology student Ellen Bailey, 24, from Wrexham, who is looking to study an MRes in the subject, said that the course was “inspiring”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

She added: “I feel it is was important to bring together leaders from multiple sectors; everyone had someone to relate to. We had the opportunity to ask the leaders questions and ask advice that catered to their personal goals ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“My confidence is at an all-time high and has made me rethink my attitude towards leadership.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Careers and Employability Adviser, Neil Pritchard, who organises the programme for students added: “The Future Leaders programme is another excellent opportunity for our students to develop their skills and knowledge, to improve their employability. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The University is most grateful to our guest professionals, who provide such a fascinating insight, and enhance the learning experience.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To learn more about the services of the Careers and Employability team please see ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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