On Wednesday 17 November, we joined forces with Ganymede to deliver a Brand Me event with 30 students from Belper School and Sixth Form at Derby Conference Centre.

The event aimed to give students CV writing tips, interview practice and looked at how to use social media to increase skill set and much more!

Paul Brumby, Head of Sixth Form at Belper School and Sixth Form said, “We’re delighted to have had this excellent opportunity. It provided students with an invaluable insight into the variety of ways they can present themselves for future employment. The chance to meet face to face with professionals from industry was just the experience they need especially after these difficult times.”

Prior to the event, students attended a virtual CV guidance workshop and were asked to prepare their own CV. On the day itself students took part in a:
• Critique session on the CV’s created and how they could be improved.
• LinkedIn profile building session.
• Session on what makes a good interview followed by interview preparation.
• Real interviews with staff from DEBP and Ganymede.

Claire Bergmann, STEM Projects Officer said, “It has been fantastic to work with Ganymede to pull this event together. I have worked with Kelly Tallis, an active STEM Ambassador, for the last eight months, and her passion to inspire our future generation is clear to see. Meaningful encounters with employers and the world of work are incredibly important, and many students missed out on these opportunities due to the pandemic. This event provided a great opportunity for students to develop their skills and confidence to help prepare them for employment.”

Kelly Tallis, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Ganymede said, “It has been a real pleasure working collaboratively with DEBP to create and host the Brand Me event. We are passionate about supporting and engaging with our local communities. Young people have really been impacted during the pandemic and it is great that we can share our recruitment expertise to help students to increase their confidence and skills for their next chapter.”

All students received a LinkedIn endorsement from Ganymede for the skills they demonstrated. This not only contributes to the strength of their LinkedIn profiles but increases the likelihood of being discovered for opportunities related to the skills possessed.