Learn the route to success on Roadshow bus

Published: 29 May 2014 at 10:03

Anglia Ruskin tour can steer students’ careers in the right direction

Students across the East of England can benefit from expert advice as Anglia Ruskin University’s Roadshow bus aims to help young people make the right choices ahead of starting a degree.

A recent report by the Association of Colleges found that 70% of young people trust their parents for career advice, some of which can be out of date or badly informed. Of the 2,000 pupils of secondary school age surveyed, just 49% felt they were well informed about choices available to them.

The Roadshow bus, organised by Anglia Ruskin’s Outreach & Recruitment team, will be heading to schools, colleges and community events across Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, East London and Norfolk over the next month. It will provide multimedia information and guidance to young people looking to take the next step in their journey towards their chosen career. Current Anglia Ruskin students will be on hand to offer impartial advice, and youngsters can attend a series of talks and workshops on issues such as choosing the right course, developing skills for academic success, and financial management.

The double-decker bus will feature a lounge area downstairs with noticeboards and staff ready to answer questions.  Upstairs, a mock-up student kitchen and bedroom will give a feel for what it is like to live on-campus, and there will also be infographics and videos to depict what life is like at a university.

As well as giving a flavour of university life, the aim is to inform students, parents and teachers what is involved when applying for university and the benefits of Higher Education.

Emma Seward, Outreach & Recruitment Officer at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“These young people are approaching a crossroads in their lives and it is important they make the correct decision on how to go forward.
“We tend to find students don’t get any advice over the summer break and when September comes, they have to very quickly get a UCAS application together and it can tend to be a rushed process. By offering them the chance to see the Roadshow bus and gain impartial advice from our staff, students have timely information to mull over and make the right choice.”

After being prepared at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford Campus on 9 June, the bus will head to Shenfield High School on Tuesday, 10 June before rolling up to St Ivo School, near Huntingdon, the following day. It will be at Longsands Academy, St Neots, on Thursday, 12 June and Davenant, Loughton, on Friday, 13 June.