The annual Kusuma Talks aimed at year 12 students took place on the 28th February 2017. The Talks hope to equip year 12 students with relevant, useful information to exceed at the next stage of their lives albeit going on to study at University or to go on and start a career.

The talks also gave a chance for local charity Gibraltar Alzheimers and Dementia Society to talk to students on the launch of their new initiative  on how to become a Dementia Friend.

Derek Browne from Entrepreneurs in Action, Alice Parrot from Oxford University and Jane Marshall from Imperial College London spoke with students from Bayside, Westside and the College.

Jane’s fantastic talk focused on how to write a personal statement – or not to write as is sometimes the case. Alice spoke specifically about applying to Oxbridge but also focused on what subject to study at University and Derek Brown gave an inspiring talk on how to take the opportunity.

The talks were followed with workshops for students. Alice and Jane focused on interview techniques – whilst Derek did a shortened version of a workshop he runs in the UK.  The workshop aims at developing confidence and giving students key presentation skills needed in the work place. The students went from a bunch of shy students embarrassed to introduce themselves to doing a presentation on advertising a Nokia phone.

The speakers ended the day by attending the Gibraltar Careers Fair where students from the day came and spoke to our experts further on their next choice.  A long, exhausting day but thoroughly enjoyable !