"It was fantastic to act as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Moreton Hall Life Skills Diploma last weekend", said Sarah Hopkins.
Saturday morning saw Sarah talking to eighty lower sixth girls to provide them with insight into the world of work and how they can ready themselves for this stage of their lives.
"It gave me real pleasure in talking to this talented group and sharing the current trends in the recruitment market and the landscape they are going to be approaching. It was important to me to encourage the girls to focus on what they enjoy doing - recognising that many of the roles they will be recruited for don't exist currently. Plus that they need to celebrate their indviduality and put effort into honing their behaviours and skills," said Sarah.
The session focused on how they can develop skills to help them best represent themselves to potential colleges, universities and employers - showing the real skill sets we all need of resilience, confidence, communication and the ability to deal with people, and application / commitment to goals - whether in the class room, sports field, volunteering or work.
The competitive landscape facing these youngsters means that the ability to illustrate confidently; talking and describing their experiences - is as important to develop alongside the traditional academic achievements. They soon grasped that many of these skills required are already being developed and will be transferable but key is to respect and evidence these skills, so they can present them to potential employers.
It was wonderful to be joined by Miranda Jones, Graduate Rural Surveyor, Savills. Miranda was able to provide recent insight into her experiences of A'levels, University and her first year at Savills as she works towards her assessment of professional competence, with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The girls responded really well to Miranda and took over from Sarah in asking questions and picking her brains - particularly illustrating the need to research potential courses and employers, plus the value in doing internships and work experience whenever possible.
"This is such a fabulous opportunity for these girls and something which I would have relished at that stage. It has been great to be involved in such an invaluable project" said Miranda.
This forward thinking school is offering the first Life Skills Diploma; the enthusiasm and energy in the room showed that the girls were really embracing the opportunity to equip themselves - taking on board hints and tips to present profiles which illustrated how much they had listened and absorbed from the session.
Its going to be exciting to follow their progress and we are already looking forward to attending the awarding of Diplomas in summer 2020.
As we look back across the last 12 months, one of the highlights for us has been the variety and diversity of our Recruitment Assignments - we have worked across a range of sectors and markets, sourcing candidates across multiple functions and specialisms. Here are just a few examples:-
Business Unit Director - Sales and Distribution
Company Secretary - UK plc
Data Protection & IS Officer - pan-European role in an international business
Head of Digital - International Retailer
COO - Entrepreneurial automotive manufacturer
Interim Legal Counsel - Electronics
Head of Brand - Consumer Goods
Senior Procurement roles - Financial Services & Hospitality - UK & Europe
Senior Commercial roles - Professional Services and an iconic sporting brand!
Our Human Resources Practice has continued to go from strength to strength and has seen us recruiting for HR Generalists & Specialists and Interims - as well as undertaking Career Transitioning & Coach / Mentoring with HR clients.
In keeping with our flexible approach to doing business we have also been busy on the research front particularly alongside those clients with in-house Resourcing and Talent Acquisition teams.
Year Five has seen us continue to work on our own professional and skills development. In particular we have trained in new tools and techniques to support our Executive Coaching and Career Transitioning / Outplacement services. This is an area of our business we are proud to see evolve and grow - enabling us to work with candidates and clients across the full career lifecycle.
Obviously we would love to talk to you about how we might help with any of your current or future Recruitment, Research, Coaching or Outplacement needs so please do get in touch - call Sarah Hopkins on +44 (0) 1952 771 121 / +44 (0) 7733 161 110 or Jane Longworth on +44 (0) 1276 475 667 or +44 (0) 07989 229 024
To celebrate their 50th Birthday Filtermist have released a video to illustrate their journey since being established in 1969.
They are the UK leader for oil mist extraction and its UK-made oil mist filters are trusted by world leading manufacturers in more than 60 countries and supply industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to food processing and medical device manufacture.
The company has diversified in recent years by extending the products and services it offers through both organic growth and targeted acquisitions.
Sarah Hopkins joined the speaker panel at the Erasmus University College International Women's Day 2019 event at their beautiful building in Rotterdam Blaak alongside Lijnie Reiers, a clinical behavioural scientist and martial arts expert, and Aynouk Tan, a fashion anthropologist.
Each gave their vision for women on this day of celebration and honouring women across the world and raising funds for the Fairfight Foundation which does such great work in empowering women in situations of difficulty or poverty through martial arts.
'My talk was focused on women and working with purpose which seemed to resonate with the audience and receieved super feedback which was lovely. It was a great opportunity to network and share ideas and different perspectives in an open and collaborative manner.'
'I was proud to be part of such a unique and diverse event which embodied the themes of International Women's Day.' commented Sarah, seen below with Ginie Servant, Senior Lecturer, EUC and Chair of The Fairfight Foundation, Lijnie Reiers and Aynouk Tan.
To co-incide with National Careers Week the Careers and Enterprise Company is launching their 'Give an Hour' campaign and toolkit to encourage business people to go into schools to talk to young people about their work, careers and opportunities. This fabulous campaign aims to inspire and help young people prepare for the fast changing world of work.
To find out more or receive a copy of the Give an Hour tool kit please contact Martha Jennings, (Call 0207 566 3400 or Mob 07507 494 993) at the Careers and Enterprise Company - www.careersandenterprise.co.uk
Jane studied as part of our continuous development programme as we formalise our Business Coaching offer alongside our traditional Executive Search and Selection services.
In particular Jane works with current and future 'Talent' to coach for potential; helping people fulfil their potential and 'step up' to more senior roles.
This links closely to our 'First 90 Day Coaching' service which supports individuals promoted internally or recruited externally to transition smoothly and comfortably into a new position.
On Friday 8 March, Erasmus University and The FairFight Foundation are joining forces to host an evening of speakers, artists and music to celebrate 'Women in Action' at the EUC building in Rotterdam Blaak.
'Its exciting to be part of such a dynamic line up and I am really looking forward to sharing my story, encouraging women to succeed whilst sharing some top tips for women in business', commented Sarah Hopkins, Director HopkinsLongworth Executive Search Ltd.
As an active member of the Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group led by co-chairs Jess Phillips MP and Gilliam Keegan MP, Sarah Hopkins was delighted to attend the launch of the Toolkit and Annual Report 2018.
The Women and Work APPG has been constructively examining the role of women in the workforce and last years programme of work examined the recruitment process from start to finish with a view to identifying some unique challenges faced by women and learning about ways these could be overcome.
Pictured below in the HR Magazine with Sarah Hopkins,are Sophie Wingfield and Head of Policy for REC, Jess Phillips, MP and co-chair
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