The graduate job market is highly competitive and you’ll need more than a degree certificate to stand out.

At Pearson College London, we offer a ‘Work Fitness Programme’, designed to ensure our students make an impact; the programme ensures that you will be equipped with the skills that are essential for you to thrive and adapt throughout your career. On completion of the programme, you’ll be ‘Work Fit’ and ready to hit the ground running.

The Work Fitness Programme consists of three elements:

  1. Academic nutrition (academic requirements) - feed your academic skills and knowledge, so you graduate with a valuable qualification that will act as a strong foundation for a successful career.
  2. Core personal development (personal development needs) - core strength keeps us up, balanced and moving! You’ll learn how to enhance your self-awareness, personal brand and self-confidence.
  3. Professional workouts (industry contact time) - grow your network of contacts at our industry events or whilst participating in an internship. You’ll build your industry knowledge and strengthen your understanding; you’ll also have the opportunity to find mentoring opportunities or apply for exclusive jobs. In turn, all of this will ensure that your CV stands out from the crowd.

To further support our students’ learning and development needs, we’ve developed the Work Fitness Centre, a platform that acts as a hub with all the latest tools, resources and news, to support their academic nutrition needs, core personal development needs and professional workouts.

We’re running our first Work Fitness Week next week, for Pearson Business School and Escape Studios students shortly; it’s jam-packed with events that help them to meet their academic nutrition needs, core personal development needs and professional workouts. Here’s what they can look forward to:

Monday 7th October 2019

Event 1: Mock interviewing and CV clinic

Time: 5.20-7pm
Location: Rooms 1.11/1.12

Employability is an ever-important factor in the workplace today. With more and more people going to university, you need a CV that sets you aside from the competition. You also need good interviewing skills so that you can portray your skills in the way that best represents you and puts you in the best light.

Event 2: Building your personal brand for successful job searching

Time: 5pm-5.50pm and 6pm-6.50pm
Location: Room 1.1

As part of this workshop, recruitment expert, Rachel Farley, will share advice on how to be proactive when seeking job opportunities and how to market yourself effectively. Come along to find out how to create a successful 'elevator pitch' for yourself and how to use this via a variety of channels, including Linkedin, email, networking events and in phone screening interviews.

Networking and having a personal brand, both physically and online, is vital to success due to the nature of technology and the vast array of individuals in the workplace today.

Photo by Marvin Meyer / Unsplash

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Event 1: The benefits of mentoring

Time: 5pm-5.45pm and 6pm-6.45pm
Location: Room 2.8/2.9

This workshop will highlight the benefits of having a mentor and the impact that this can have on different areas of your life. This session also covers the benefits of becoming a mentor, and what rewards and benefits you can gain from taking the time to become a mentor.

The first session is specifically for students signed up for PCSA's Peer to Peer Student Mentoring Scheme. The second session is open to all students that wish to attend.

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Event 1: Presenting at your best

Time: 5pm-6:30pm
Location: Room 2.8/2.9

This workshop will take students through some practical tips for improving presentation skills due to it being such a valid skill in today's industries. Some examples of when you'll need these skills:

  • As part of the academic degree you're studying for assessments;
  • Future employment (either during interviews or as part of the role);
  • Preparing for presentations as part of Friday's Industry Day.

You might not be the next Steve Jobs or Simon Sinek of presenting, but this session will give you some tips and tricks to get you started.

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Photo by Austin Distel / Unsplash

Thursday 10th October 2019

Event 1: Introduction to Mindfulness

Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: Room 1.1

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better. When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted National Health Service).

This workshop is a taster session giving students an insight into the benefits of mindfulness for mental wellbeing. This related to the mental fitness that has been developed as part of the Work Fitness Centre, and will allow students to work in a way which best benefits them, after becoming more aware of the concept of mindfulness.

Event 2: Career networking all the way to CEO

Time: 5pm-6pm
Location: Room 2.8/2.9

John Jeffcock, our industry speaker, will be speaking to students about how he found himself in debt and then became the chief executive of a multi-million-pound business. John will tell the story of how he built his company up from an idea to the success it is today.

He will explain how to network through your career, what you personally need to do, where the power resides and how to create powerful networks to get things done.

He will talk about “the C-Suite” and explain how they can create value, as well as what Winmark Ltd do. He will also explain why most people aren’t invited to be the CEO and ultimately he will tell you how to become the boss.

Photo by Product School / Unsplash

Current student? These sessions are open to all current students from Pearson Business School and Escape Studios students. Sign up on the Work Fitness Centre in the Student Portal!

Prospective student? Watch this space to get an insight into how our students found the activities, as we’ll be sharing their stories on here shortly, to give you a taste of what you can look forward to if you choose to study with us :)