Whether it's for a degree or degree apprenticeship, you'll be invited to complete a professional workshop at Pearson College London. This is nothing to worry about, we just prefer to assess you in person rather than all based on a personal statement or application form. This blog outlines some of the activities that could be involved in a professional workshop and some general advice for each.

Why attend?

  • It's a chance to have fun!
  • Meet other people who might be on your course.
  • Great practice for graduate assessment centres.
  • Meet and chat with current students and tutors.
  • It's a chance to be nominated for one of our scholarships!

What to expect

The day is made up of a mixture of group work and individual tasks, all based on what you might face at a graduate scheme assessment centre. It will give you a taste of what life is really like at Pearson Business School. Professional Workshops generally take place on weekends or weekday afternoons.

Before the Day

1. Interview

Reflect before the day on what you think are your main strengths and skills and how relevant they are to the course that you are applying for. Also have a think about some of the areas that you might like to develop further and how you aim to improve upon these. It’s important to show that you are aware of yourself and that you have a passion for personal and professional development. So, as well as providing examples to illustrate your strengths, you must also consider areas for improvement to recognise where you could seek development.

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Get a parent or friend to help you to practice answering different types of interview questions. Situational questions are often seen as the most complicated, so prepare these beforehand.

Also, if it is a degree apprenticeship that you have applied for, ensure that you research the company in depth so that you have information that can roll off the tongue about the company in an interview. The more research you do, the more passion for that company you will demonstrate and therefore the more likely you are to impress the interviewer.

2. Critical Thinking Test

If your workshop involves a critical thinking test, you will be sent a link to practice this beforehand online. This is an opportunity for us to see how you solve problems. It may sound scary, but it really is nothing to worry about.

Complete a practice test online just to see the layout so that nothing unexpected comes up and throws you off.

3. Location

Make sure that you are clear about the location of the workshop and plan your route in advance, taking into consideration any rush hour traffic or public transport congestion that could disrupt your journey.

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If you are unsure about the location of the workshop, call the Pearson College London team in advance. Check your emails regularly for updates on the location and timings.

On the Day

"Professional Workshops are an opportunity to show of a range of additional skills that are not visible on your initial application. The workshops mirror a graduate assessment day, giving you early-on experience of what to expect." - Matilda Pinn, Applicant Advisor

1. Dress Appropriately

Make sure that you look the part. We ask that you look professional but if you do not have a suit, don't worry. Looking professional will make you feel more confident in a workplace situation. Wear something smart; perhaps nice trousers and a blazer if you have one and some smart shoes. For girls, a skirt or trousers and a blouse would work well. Please avoid trainers and tracksuits.

2. Be on time

Being punctual is crucial for any workplace situation, whether it is for a meeting, for the start of your day or for an interview. Punctuality is key. Being on time to the professional workshop means being 15 minutes early for the start time. This will give us time to register your attendance and get settled ready to begin at the start time.
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Always remember that it is better to arrive an hour early and relax in a coffee shop than it is to be late.

3. Ask Questions

There will be opportunities, both in between activities, during activities and during the interview to ask questions. A lot of people are mistaken when they think that asking questions means that you don't know. Asking thoughtful and relevant questions will show a genuine interest in the matter and a willingness to learn more about it.

4. Contribute

During a group activity, make sure that you make a contribution as you will be assessed on communication skills, collaborative creative ideas and how you work as part of a team. This is going to be difficult if you are not contributing.
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Try to make at least one contribution to the team. Likewise, try not to make all of the contributions as you need to demonstrate that you are a team player.

5. Show what you know

Do not be afraid to show off your knowledge. If you are in an interview, use the research that you have done to support answers to the questions to impress the interviewer. Show them that you have come prepared. It is important to have your own ideas and opinions heard in order to stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression.

"The professional workshop was a great opportunity to test my practical skills in a real-world scenario. The task taught me a lot about team work and creative thinking, forcing me to think outside the box in order to find innovative solutions for realistic business challenges. - Jordan Kemp, Pearson Degree Apprentice

6. Enjoy it

Most importantly, this workshop is going to give you a feel for what it is really like to apply to a job role. So, enjoy it! Take everything in and make sure to make the most of the skills you can learn. Also, we're in Central London, so there's tonnes of cool places you can go when you're finished.

For more information about Pearson College London, visit the website. If not, good luck with your professional workshop!