London PlayStation Trip
Students visit the PlayStation headquarters
The day started with a Welcome by Urban Synergy Health & Safety briefing for all. Followed by an introduction to PlayStation London Studios by Stuart Whyte who is the lead for design at PlayStation.
Students were then given the opportunity to hear from PlayStation Role Models, followed by speed mentoring tables of students seated with PlayStation volunteers who share career insights.
The day was informative, insightful and most of all inspiring. Our students got the opportunity to hear and ask questions from staff about the nuts and bolts of their own personal and professional journeys to be working for a world-renowned organisation.
Some students gave their feedback on the day:
“The trip to the PlayStation was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget that was actually one of a kind. I learnt a lot the organization, communication and having a listening ear helps a lot when working with people with other cultural diversity, I also learnt that we start from somewhere to get to the top, therefore work experience is a key duty that we must perform now. I also found out that on LinkedIn that we can get in contact with people that have different career or jobs, and they are willing and ready to help us. I learnt that in an organization there are different unit that work together to achieve a common goal.” – Tiffany
“I would describe my experience as eye-opening, realistic and inspirational. As I personally want to continue business in the future, specifically marketing, the most inspirational person was Leila herself. Leila said that I reminded her of how she was, and Diane encouraged me to sign up for their programme. I had spoken to Leila previously as she visited my secondary school, and her words of encouragement have always followed me. Her words were to be bold, brilliant and brave and those 3 words forced me to be outspoken and strive for the best. Also, the international workers have made me consider the option of working abroad and I realised it is something I would love to do.” – Diora
“Personally, I found the trip to be very helpful for me because it broadened my understanding about life outside school. The trip also allowed to communicate with industry people who gave me tips on finding work experience and gave me useful websites for me to use. Examples of this: Firstly concerning work experience, I learned that any available work experience is useful as it allows me to build on my soft skills. Secondly, a useful website given was Linked-In (glass-door) which aids me to get people’s experiences in the particular work forces I would desire to work in. Overall, the trip was very useful and I was thankful to be able to be a part of the trip.” – Monawar
Trevor AQUINAS Progressed to: University of Lancaster Course: A Level Business, ICT and English Language and Literature
“My tutors at CTK were fundamental in my academic success. They were always approachable and willing to go the extra mile. I enjoyed taking part in extracurricular activities, including leading the sixth form band and being Director of the Business Enterprise Group, Student Governor and Student Head of Hall. ”
Bradley AQUINAS Progressed to: University of Nottingham Course: A Levels Maths A*, Physics A* and Chemistry A*
“At Christ the King I discovered I was resilient. My teachers really pushed me to be my best, I am in their debt, thank you for believing in me.”
Rose AQUINAS Progressed to: The University of Warwick Course: A Level History A, Politics A, Sociology A*
“CTK was a great environment for me to learn in. I’ve really enjoyed the teaching – all my teachers have been encouraging and supportive. They put in the extra time to help with workshops and revision to ensure we did well.”
Owen AQUINAS Progressed to: Royal Holloway University Course: A Level Maths A, Psychology B and Biology A
“I would recommend coming to CTK as the level of support offered by the subject teachers is exceptionally good. The best thing about CTK is being part of the friendliest group of students I've ever met. I'm applying to Oxford to study Psychology. ”
Esosa AQUINAS Progressed to: De Montfort University Course: A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths
“My form tutor at CTK was exceptionally supportive every day. I value the freedom and independence of controlling my own learning, staying motivated whilst also having fun. The and people and sense of community provide a great environment. I have enjoyed extra opportunities such as joining summer schools and widening participation programs and becoming a student governor. I received lots of help from the careers guidance counsellor to help me realise what I want to do after sixth form. ”