Presentations, workshops, events and publications

Topics on which I have delivered presentations or workshops to students, teachers, parents or professional colleagues include:

  • “Options at 18 in a changing world”
  • “Your future career in a changing  world”
  • “Your future career in a changing world – costs & benefits”
  • “A new 18+ menu”
  • “Practical approaches to inspiring confused students”
  • “Signposting success and supporting university applications”
  • “Applying to uni: things to think about”
  • “Creating effective UCAS personal statements”
  • “The personal statement: making it count”
  • “UCAS personal statements for competitive courses”
  • “Skills for a successful future”
  • “Skills for success in a changing world”
  • “A-level choice and careers in a changing landscape”
  • “Making choices at 16 in a changing world”
  • “Higher education abroad”
  • “Alternatives to higher education”
  • “Alternative options: what else is out there?”
  • “Where will you be in 2023?” (for Year 9)
  • “The world’s your oyster”
  • “Things you need to know”
  • “University/school engagement from a careers adviser perspective”
  • “All about everything”
  • “Not going to uni – making the right choices”
  • “Before you commit”
  • “My future needs me” (for Year 5/6 Primary)
  • “UCAS reference writing: best practice”
  • “UCAS personal statements in 1 slide!”
  • “Making a competitive UCAS application”
  • “What on earth’s going on?”
  • “Options at 18 in a post-Brexit world”
  • “Resilience: the musical”
  • “Your country needs you!”
One of my specialities is to think outside the box, as in this session which was designed specially for the 6th Form at St John's College in Southsea

One of my specialities is to think outside the box, as in this session which was designed specially for a 6th Form assembly at St John’s College, Southsea in September 2016

Alan at Olympia

The 2013 National Careers Guidance Show at Olympia where I presented my “New 18+ Menu” to a packed audience (thanks to the Olympia security guard for this pic!)

I conceived and co-ordinated the “Confused Clinic”, which ran for twelve consecutive years at the annual Hampshire & Isle of Wight UCAS Convention in conjunction with University of Portsmouth, from 2005 to 2016, successfully advising 1,836 students.

As a member of the Careers Writers Association (CWA) I currently have over 60 articles published on the Get Advice pages of the Which? University website (http://university.which.co.uk/) and one on the CWA’s own website (http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk – which has recently been turned into a very useful resource for parents). I was also the author of “Creating Your UCAS Personal Statement” (second edition published in September 2011 by Trotman) which, at the peak of its popularity, made it into the top 2,000 books on Amazon. Most recently I have contributed to articles in The Guardian.

St Johns Year 9

With Year 9 at St John’s College, Southsea during my “Where Will You Be in 2023?” workshop in January 2014 (thanks to another of my friends and colleagues, Clare Young, for this official pic taken for the school’s website)

My article on “18+ Options: The New Landscape” headlined the April 2014 edition of “Career Matters”, the CDI’s quarterly journal and another, “Tickets to the Future”, was published in the October 2016 edition.

The next link is to one of my articles that featured in Which? University‘s 2015 top five countdown:   

http://university.which.co.uk/advice/10-things-not-to-put-in-your-personal-statement

Another new venture was this presentation to over 600 students at the careers fair organised by John Hanson Community School in Andover in October 2016

Another new venture was this presentation to over 600 students at the careers fair organised by John Hanson Community School in Andover in October 2016

I'm also proud to support Kick4Life FC, the world's only football club that's entirely dedicated to social change, in Lesotho - this pic was taken at their 10th anniversary celebration in London in October2015

I’m also proud to support Kick4Life FC, the world’s first football club to be entirely dedicated to social change, in Lesotho, southern Africa.  This pic was taken at their 10th anniversary celebration in London in October 2015 – check them out at www.kick4life.org

On a visit to Mott MacDonald’s offices at Stoneham Place near Southampton in July 2017

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One thought on “Presentations, workshops, events and publications

  1. Hello: please could you email me the ‘quiz’ site mentioned in your careers talk at the Surrey Skills Fair today? I found the ‘iCloud’ one, but can’t remember the 2nd! Many thanks again. Kathy

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