“Future Leaders” course helping prepare students for the world of work


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Students at Wrexham Glyndwr University have gained valuable knowledge on how to succeed in the modern workplace.

Guest speakers from business, government, charity and the arts shared their knowledge and experience with students during a series of question and answer sessions as part of the Future Leaders Short Course.

Students heard from Baroness Kay Andrews; Glynne Jones, Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; Stewart Mculloch, UK Sales Manager at Elior Ltd; Sonia Bate – MD and Founder of Edit Development Ltd; Claire Thomas-Hanna. Head of Human Resources for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at BCUHB; Richard Nicholls, Operations Manager 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 talk to these experts. It is rare to have the chance to speak to them so openly and in a personal context.

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

Over the past month, students have participated 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 organizational structures. One of the main goals is to give students a competitive edge when looking for jobs and the knowledge to be successful in their careers.

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

She added, “I think it was important to bring together leaders from multiple sectors; everyone had someone to identify with. We had the opportunity to ask the leaders questions and ask them for advice tailored to their personal goals

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

Careers and Employability Advisor, Neil Pritchard, who organizes the program for students, added: “The Future Leaders program is another great opportunity for our students to develop their skills and knowledge, to enhance their employability.

“The University is very grateful to our visiting professionals, who provide such fascinating insight and enhance the learning experience.”

To find out more about the Careers and Employability team services, please visit https://glyndwr.ac.uk/careers/

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