Thames Valley Park Management hosted 20 students from the University of Reading to visit businesses from a range of industries including technology and software, computer consultancy, pharmaceuticals, and catering.

Microsoft, Sanofi, Foundation SP, Westbury Street Holdings and Computacentre opened their doors to second and third year students to give students an opportunity to view office life and to see first-hand what an office environment looks like.  

Visiting the businesses opened a wealth of knowledge to the students who had the opportunity to meet interns and graduates to get a feel for professional life after university. The tour kicked off with a lunch and learn at The Green Room Café where Foundation SP spoke about the graduate schemes available, along with hints and tips for students on how to make their CV and cover letter stand out.  

Microsoft interns hosted a tour of the building where their passion for company events and community initiatives shone through. ‘Walk and talk’ question and answer sessions were held where the type of roles available were discussed, along with what to expect when working at Microsoft. Westbury Street Holdings spoke about the apprenticeships available and fully funded training for those interested in a career in finance.

Sanofi recruit graduates for a wide range of job roles from marketing to pharmaceuticals. Sanofi are a Disability Confident employer whereby diversity and inclusion plays a large role in their strategy to ensure all employees are supported. Being a socially aware business with society and sustainability means there are a wide range of activities to be involved in, outside of the typical role.

Computercentre’s head office is located in Hatfield, London however, the team offered a virtual tour of the head office along with a discussion panel from three employees, all with different backgrounds and experience.

Rachael Millward, General Manager for Thames Valley Park said “This is the first time a park wide university visit has taken place at TVP and its great to see students from all walks of life have the opportunity to speak direct with employers. The students that were in attendance studied a range of subjects including business, finance, psychology, computer science and film.”