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Louis Mobbs

The Louis Mobbs Story

By | Accounting, Course News, Economics, Law, News, Physchology, Sport, Uncategorised

Recently, we contacted former Wyke student Louis Mobbs to chat about his post-Wyke life. It’s an inspirational story and really outlines what is possible if you really set your mind on achieving your goals. From his Hull secondary school, to Wyke, to Saint Peters USA on a soccer scholarship,  to a career in New York city; Louis’ story is great to read. So instead of editing and rewording, we’re publishing Louis’ email in full.

“I started Wyke in 2010 and finished in 2012. I studied Sports, Psychology, Accounting and Law. My original career choice was either to be a Lawyer or an Accountant as I enjoyed those classes most and the teachers were the ones I was closest too. They had the most influence on me and that’s where my interests lied at the time. I’ll always remember being in accounting with Nicola Baker and having banter about Man Utd and it was her approach to teaching made me enjoy it the most. When it came around to Uni decision time, I didn’t even apply to any universities. I decided that education wasn’t for me and instead of continuing into university, I started work as an accountant at an insurance broker. I soon grew to hate that also (not the job so much, just the 9-5, no ambition lifestyle more than anything) and it was around this time my football was somewhat hitting it’s prime.

I was just selected to play semi professional with North Ferriby and I was also just chosen to be the vice-captain for England Schools u’18s. This really propelled my footballing opportunities and the channels to global football. This is where I was linked to a ‘soccer’ scholarship program to play in the US. I signed up on a Tuesday, had a trial match in London on Thursday in front of 60 US coaches and by Friday had offers on the table for various colleges over the US. I had good connections with two specifically (Fairfield, CT & Saint Peters, NJ) due to players I played with at England choosing the same route and venturing to the US the year before I did. Both coaches came over to Hull to watch me at North Ferriby and I decided to go with Saint Peters. The college is in Jersey City which is a 10 minute ride into NYC, and that was enough to sell me into the move.

I was offered a full scholarship for a 4 year degree in economics, to live on campus and play as a center back. One week after accepting I broke my Patella (knee) and worried if I would be able to make it or if they would rescind the offer as a result. Luckily, I got back to fitness and left in the summer of 2013. I played the first 2 years as a center back before moving into center forward. My junior and senior year I was the captain for the team and was top goal scorer. Through out my collegiate career, I had many chances to play for professional teams and start on the ladder towards being a pro, but none worked out as I wasn’t willing to leave a degree and 100s of thousands of dollars behind to pursue – my goal was to stay in America and get a job I love in NYC. I did just that when I decided to get my real estate license and work for a start up brokerage firm selling and renting properties. One of the best things Ive ever done. I saw apartments, houses, penthouses etc that blew my mind. I attended viewings and parties of the mega rich and famous. This opened my eyes to the NYC life and from there I was addicted; I’m never coming home I told myself. Due to visa requirements, I then left to join an English based recruitment firm who had a NYC office and I’ve been with them since. I’ve since had a beautiful little girl, Alivya, and now live in my own apartment in Downtown Jersey City.

I would re-live my days at Wyke in a heartbeat. There was a feeling of acceptance and unity with Wyke that has never been matched in any endeavor I’ve had since. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some pretty great things since, but Wyke was always a milestone in my life that put me where I am today. It resonated from the upper management staff, through to coaches and assistants and into the teams. From football, to rugby, netball, basketball etc, we were all one, which is hard to find (especially in the US). At the time, Lucid, Julie, Ben, Mike and Gaffa were the ones I was closest to and they are the ones that make Wyke what it is. They respect you and push you – that’s everything you need in a coach/mentor. Wyke is certainly an era of my life that will be unmatched. The people I met, the things I/we accomplished, the friends I made, the memories I created, the lessons I learnt… all are some of the best. As cheesy as it is, they are definitely your best days. I still get excited thinking about some of the memories we had as a team there. My biased opinion is that our class of 2012 was a turning point for Wyke’s sports and where Wyke started to become a known name in most, if not all, sports.”

top 30 under 30

Top 30 Under 30

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Community, Economics

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Victoria “Tori” Orsbourne, on her nomination for the “Humber’s Top 30 Under 30”, a programme run by a local recruitment agency, to highlight and recognise up and coming talent in the region.

We caught up with Tori, who took the Advanced Apprenticeship route through Majors Chartered Accountants when she completed her A Level in Accounting. Still in Hull, she now works at Harris, Lacey and Swain, which provide a vast range of financial, consultancy and specialist sector service.

“I have been with Harris, Lacey and Swain for almost 3 years and I’m currently studying towards my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. I have extensive knowledge in the bookkeeping element of QuickBooks and would be more than happy to help anybody who needs it. I’m always smiling and I’m very friendly, so fit in perfectly with the mantra of Harris Lacey and Swain,” said Tori.

According to BusinessLive, “Since qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in 2018, Tori has taken on board the role of training the company’s apprentices and younger staff. She has helped them pass exams and improve fantastically their work, all whilst carrying out her own role with 100 per cent commitment. Her work ethic and patience with people at the start of their career is great to see as is her desire to progress her own knowledge and professional standing. She is a key motivator and a great ambassador for her company!”

BusinessLive Top 30 Under 30

https://www.business-live.co.uk/partners/humbers-top-30-under-30-17939601

Economics

“Since studying Economics, I can’t look at the world the same way!”

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, Uncategorised

Economics is a contemporary, dynamic subject that at its core allows you to gain a much deeper understanding of the world around you and news stories ranging from the price of milk to Brexit and whether more should be done to address plastic pollution. It is a subject that is prestigious and highly respected by HE and employers as you will need to display mathematical skills in analysing data and using diagrams to illustrate cause and effect relationship. Furthermore, your written skills are exhibited through essay writing on key economic issues such as The USA-China trade war and the recent collapse of Thomas Cook.

Economics also delivers fantastic career prospects, Economics graduates gain some of the most highly paid salaries especially in areas of banking, finance and insurance. If you wish to make a difference, past students have worked in developing countries on economic and development programmes and Economics provides an excellent grounding for Accountancy and Business Management professions.

Lessons are lively involving debate, student teaching, group activities and problem solving.

Read what some of our current 2nd year student have to say:

“Since starting studying economics I Can’t look at the world the same way. It makes you think about how the world works as it all runs on economics. The teaching standard is excellent. Staff really are willing to work and help you at all times which is important as economics challenges you.” Jacob Park, Market Weighton School

“Despite being anxious in the beginning of such an unfamiliar subject, I am so pleased that I stuck with the course. Economics has enabled me to debate and discuss problems and topics that are occurring in the real world. To think how much progress I have made from the start of the first year can be credited to the teaching staff who provide great support in and out of lessons.” Lauren Barley, Baysgarth School

“I enjoy economics because it explains things that happen every day in the real world and although it’s an unfamiliar subject you get a lot of support and it’s really interesting.” Lilli Mortimer, Newland School for Girls

advanced accounting apprenticeships

The Face of EY

By | Accounting, Course News, Uncategorised

Izzy Furness, former Beverley High School student joined EY’s Apprenticeship Programme in 2018 shortly after completing her study programme at Wyke.

Izzy developed a passion for Accounting during her two years on Wyke’s A Level Accounting course and soon decided that this was a career she would like to pursue.

Inspired by her Accounting teacher, Izzy kick-started her career at EY one of the big 4 Accountancy firms. From attending Discover EY in London to the EY Business Academy in Edinburgh, Izzy decided to join the Assurance Apprenticeship Programme in Hull and enjoys every moment of it.

“I heard about EY through my College teacher who discussed the Discover EY programme. After being successful through the process, I attended an event in London which gave me a taster of EY. I then applied to the EY Business Academy which is one-week paid work experience and I chose to do this in Edinburgh! On completion, I thought about my options and what route to take and after being successful at final interview with a partner in the Hull office, I began my career there.

My role entails working in teams with a range of different levelled staff to, in short, check/inspect all the financial information of our clients. This means most of our time is spent on a client site.

I’m most looking forward to progressing within EY. Experiencing the new opportunities that different levels and roles will give me, along with passing all my exams and becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant!”

As part of Wyke’s Alumni Programme, Izzy has also returned to the College on numerous occasions, helping to support and inspire our current students.

You can find out more about Accounting at Wyke at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/accounting/

To read more about Izzy’s journey visit: https://ukcareers.ey.com/students/locations/hull

The Wyke of Wall Street

By | Accounting, Biology, Business, Course News, Economics, Law, News

Wyke Sixth Form College will be taking to the streets of New York on our 2020 trip to the big apple.

The trip will focus on the financial, economic and legal structures that make up the bustling city.

Students will be given an amazing opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture whilst exploring some of the most famous streets in the world.

The trip is open to students studying; A Level Law, BTEC Law, Criminology, A Level Business, BTEC Business, Accounting, Economics and Biology.

For more information on this trip please speak to your tutor or email: paul.hamer@wyke.ac.uk

 

Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Law, News, Uncategorised

What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

By | Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, News, Physchology, Physics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish

Wyke Sixth Form College is a leading institution for supporting students across the region to access Oxford and Cambridge, the often cited ‘top two universities in the world.’

Each year, Wyke provides a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to secure places at these prestigious universities. In 2018, we celebrated a record number of students in doing so, with 9 students going on to study a wide variety of courses from Law to Biomedical Science.

The successful students came from state schools all across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

One of these students, Bridget Allenby of Cottingham High School said; “I am happy and over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to secure one of the 40 places available on the course is a huge achievement. Coming to Wyke has been a great step for me to take for my future.”

This exceptional outcome is a combined result of fantastic students working with excellent A Level specialist teacher’s in an outstanding college. We also have a dedicated Flyers Programme to help support students aspiring to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

In the current environment, were top universities tend to favour students from private schools and particular parts of the UK, this is demonstration that Wyke, an inclusive sixth form provider is going above and beyond in supporting all students in achieving their potential.

Students present at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Wyke’s Budding Entrepreneurs Compete at GEW 2018

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, News

12-16 November was Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of innovation and job creators.  Twenty business students from Wyke Sixth Form College took part in an all-day Post 16 Enterprise event to mark the occasion.

The event celebrates those who bring ideas to life and sets out to inspire students to explore their own potential. Over 200 students from local schools and colleges competed in a business challenge and were given an inspirational speech by BBC Apprentice finalist Adam Corbelly who shared his own business experiences and tips for these budding entrepreneurs.

A total of 19 teams competed in a challenge which saw them design a new caravan for event sponsors The Swift Group.

Wyke students were tasked with designing a caravan suitable for those living with a disability. The final design was a fully functional caravan with many innovative features including; ramps, low counters, a wet room, hoists, an adjustable bed and a spacious room for a carer. Students confidently pitched their design in front of an audience of over 200 people and were awarded a £100 prize for achieving an amazing 4th place!

Elizabeth Blakey, Teacher of Business at Wyke commented on the event; “this was a fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. It was great to see them so engaged throughout and each student said that they took something positive away from the day”

A huge well done to Team Wyke and thank you to staff from our Business department for organising the day.

To find out more about studying Business at Wyke visit: https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/

Employers

Excellent Employer Engagement

By | Accounting, Applied Science, Business, Course News, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, Law, Media, News, On Campus

Whilst over 70% of students progress onto university when they leave Wyke, an increasing number are looking at the opportunities offered through Higher Apprenticeships. Many nationally recognised companies run these schemes that are targeted at recruiting future employees with A levels and level three BTEC qualifications. The most sort after programmes guide students to a sponsored place at university and a professionally recognised qualification.

Wyke work in partnership with many employers across the region and understand the importance of making our students aware of the many different job roles and opportunities that are available.  We want to help our students to understand that there are some great companies to work for and we are continually developing ways to engage with them.

Employers face increasing demands to engage with education and there are many reasons why they want to get involved, the main one being to actually meet our students and realise that they may be talking to their future employee.

We are continually building solid and long lasting relationships with our local employers and work with over 100 on a regular basis with activities such as work experience, employers coming into the college to give industry talks and also talk about their own career path, our students are given the chance to visit employers to be able to observe and understand what goes on. Below are some of the examples of our students having a taste for what the world of work is really like.

G F Smith – Students were invited into G F Smith who are a paper product manufacturer and offer high end bespoke paper based products, the students were there for the full morning, to get a real feel for how each department works in their business and what they actually do on a day to day basis.  A member of each department was on hand to talk to the students and explain their role in detail.

M & W Construction – Students were invited to look around the construction site of the RB Centre for Scientific Excellence arranged by M & W Construction.  They spoke to lots of different people throughout the morning who gave them real life stories of the job roles they carried out such as architect, civil engineer etc.

The Centre will house a new industry-leading healthcare development facility and after visiting the centre, many of our students said they could see themselves in the future working in the laboratories.

IT @ Spectrum – is a huge supporter of helping our students understand the nature of their business and how they can become part of their organisation.  Tim Davison, Commercial Director, is very passionate about working with our students to inform them about their organisation and what they are looking for when they recruit their new employees.  They offer work experience, but also encourage students to come to their facility and have a look around and ask questions about what they do.  Students have attended a coffee morning with Tim for a general chat and at the end did say to students that this was their first interview!

BAe Systems – also supports our students, not only with work experience, some of Wyke ex-students that are now apprentices with BAe Systems come in and talk to our student about what their role on the site.  When student have completed work experience, they have to give a presentation to staff and parents about what they have been doing.

KPMG – also encourages ex-students to share stories about their journey with the organisation and the many different job roles available.

Students also attend sector specific events, such as the “hands on Health” day hosted by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  Students that have an interest in working within the health sector took part in interactive activities from various health departments. The activities ranged from pathology, nursing to nuclear medicine and pharmacy. The aim of the event was to inspire students and find out about the different careers, some which they may not have previously considered.

For further information please contact Vicky Riseham on Tel 346347 ext 522 or vicky.riseham@wyke.ac.uk

Preparation for Life at the Big 4

By | Accounting

We were delighted to welcome former student Tom Tallentire back to Wyke Sixth Form College to talk about his experiences at global accountancy firm KPMG.

Tom was an A Level student at Wyke four years ago and studied Accounting, Business and Law. After College, he joined KPMG’s Higher Apprenticeship scheme.

Tom spent the day talking to current Accounting students about the wide range of skills and experiences he has gained through his Apprenticeship, including an international secondment.

Students also gained an insight into the different options available to them upon leaving College such as KPMG’s 360 Apprenticeship Scheme, Graduates roles and the specialties within Accounting.

Tom’s talk was gratefully received by all our students, especially those who are now in the process of applying for their next steps.

Commenting on his time at the College, Tom said: “Leaving school and going to College was a really big step for me. However, I had a fantastic experience at Wyke. There’s a great culture and all of the teachers are really supportive.

The College also encouraged me to study hard in order to succeed. A Level Accounting at Wyke definitely prepared me for life at one of the big 4 accountancy firms.”

We would like to thank Tom for his time and wish him all the best for the next steps of his career!

– Applications for our A Level Accounting course are now open. Just click on the “Apply Now” button on our Home page.