The University of Westminster’s new Sprint Women’s Development programme, organised by the University’s Career Development Centre and Organisational Development and Wellbeing team, welcomed esteemed female speakers to provide guidance and careers advice to undergraduate students.

During the three development days held between16-22 September, participants were able to work with and hear from mentors, including Jenny Garrett, a BA Business Administration graduate who is a mentor, speaker and coach on women’s empowerment; Westminster honorary doctorate Victoria Batten who graduated in BA Business Marketing; and Helen Sherwood, People Manager at IBM.

Speaking about participating in the programme, third year Biochemistry BSc Honours student Aicha Bouhalissa said: “The Sprint programme was an eye-opening experience for me to see just how much lack of confidence in the workplace for a woman affects the world’s industries negatively. It gave me the tools to give myself a chance using a wide range of techniques. I also enjoyed engaging with all the friendly and talented women I met during activities and socialising over our common interest to aspire to be a headstrong woman.”

Business Economics BSc Honours student Ioana Casandra added: “…it was a nice experience and also a new environment where we could share opinions and ideas. I really appreciated that we could discuss within the group so that we could maintain our privacy. I liked that it involved the speakers who shared with us a bit of their experiences. I would recommend it to other students.”

The Sprint Development programme is designed to help undergraduate students to develop to their fullest potential, and ensure that they are able to make the most of the career opportunities available to them. The programme aims to influence students to identify their values and attitudes, be effective at interviews and in making job applications, develop their personal power and influence, and set ambitious goals for their futures.

The Sprint Women’s Development programme is being run and delivered as a collaboration between the University’s Career Development Centre and Organisational Development and Wellbeing team, and is endorsed by IBM and NACUE. The programme will conclude with a half day event in December to celebrate and review how participants have put their learning into practice.

Find out more about the Sprint Development programme here. 

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