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Havering College would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the Higher Education Awards Ceremony at Queen’s Theatre such an enjoyable evening, and many congratulations to all of our higher education students on their incredible achievements.

Talking after the event, Denise Child, of the higher education division at Havering College, said that the evening was;

buzzing from start to finish.

Denise also recognised the efforts of the students who helped run and plan the event, and cited that the experience will prove to be invaluable for their future careers;

They did an amazing job and thoroughly enjoyed it.havering ceremony

Nyree Myatt, Deputy Head of Higher Education Strategy & Development at Havering College, was thrilled by the success of the awards;

It was great to see a full house with the Mayor of Havering in attendance, alongside representatives from Ford and The Open University. It was a lovely way to celebrate the students’ achievements.

Our guest speaker at the ceremony was Samira Ahmed, who delivered a motivational speech to the audience. She shared her journey to become a successful journalist, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, and her tips on how the students can carve a successful career, now that all their hard work has paid off. 

Samira told the audience that there is;

no substitute for hard work but we underestimate the power of caring about what we do as a career and wanting to treat people well.

As many of the students now go on to pursue careers in teaching or social work. She spoke about how our jobs can have a positive effect on the lives of others and how;

wanting to do the job will make other people have a better experience.

Samira spoke about the fears she faced when she decided to go freelance, giving up the security of being employed, rather than self-employed, but cited and shared these as the things she really learnt from making the transition:

Build a network of work friends. Freelancers who I hardly knew recommended me to people, and in return, I recommended them to others. This is how I got to make documentaries. It’s that sense of helping each other out. One good turn deserves another”.

Samira went on to talk about how growing up in the 1970s in an Asian family could feel “pretty hostile at times”, and shared the advice given to her as a child to combat this;

Don’t fake knowledge – being better qualified and better prepared is something that no one can take away from you. Strive to be the best you can, as in the long term, it will get you where you want to be.

Samira also spoke about the importance of friendship;

“Have friends you can trust and make the time to see them. Time flies by. They will keep you focused and help you out if anything goes wrong”, and the importance of work-life balance; “When you’re older, you’ll never regret spending too few hours in the office”.

As she closed her talk, Samira congratulated the students;

You’ve already achieved so much already. Thank you for having me and congratulations to all of you. You should be really impressed with yourselves.

We echo those sentiments, and thank you, Samira!

For the full library of photos taken on the night, please follow the link


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