A large number of motivated and eager students visited HSDC’s annual Higher Education and Employment Fair at Alton College.

They met representatives from a range of employers and universities to find out more about the opportunities available to them once they finish their current studies, including degrees, jobs, apprenticeships, volunteering and taking a year out.

Alongside a preparation for the fair tutorial, students were given a postcard containing useful questions to ask and a QR code linked to HSDC’s fair website, which contained detailed floor maps and exhibitor information.

Exhibitors included Barfoots, Solent University, the Ministry of Defence, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Winchester. HSDC alumni manned some of the stands.

Students spoke to HSDC higher education lecturers from subjects including engineering, creative enterprise, health and social care, and music.

HSDC careers lead Kate Creswick said: "This year we welcomed more than 70 exhibitors and 1,244 students, across all three of our main campuses, for our Higher Education and Employment Fairs.

“Exhibitors were impressed with how prepared and confident the students were, interacting and asking excellent questions.”

Many students have already followed up their interest in employers and universities. One employer said that as a result of the fair it had filled all its work placement vacancies.

Chris Rodgers, who attended to represent the University of Chichester, said: “I had some really great conversations with lots of students during the event.

“All students came well prepared and were clear on what they wanted to do, which was great. They also came with lots of valid questions.”

A spokesperson for HSDC said: “This event was an excellent chance for our students to explore potential options for their future and therefore we would like to thank all the universities, charities, services, gap year providers and employers who attended.”