THE climax of two years' study for her Secretary's Diploma has paid
off for 17-year-old Hannah Bartram who has been named Student of the
The King's Cliffe teenager beat off
fellow students at Stamford College to collect the coveted Student of
the Year award from sponsors Anne Corder Recruitment.
"I was shocked to win, but
absolutely delighted," said Hannah, who won Ł100 vouchers which
she plans to put towards a new suit for her first job interview.
"I have enjoyed my two years
doing the secretarial diploma and the student of the year competition
gave us all a chance to put our work to the test. To win the award was
the real icing on the cake for me."
The Student of the Year awards
included compiling a CV and covering letter for an office junior
advertisement, completing the job application form, attending a mock
interview and dealing with an office scenario set by the judges.
"The aim was to give students an
insight into the 'real' experience of job hunting," explained
award co-ordinators Kate Mills and Marie Carey from Anne Corder
Recruitment. "And the standard among students was very high.
"Secretarial courses are
currently struggling to attract students because many see it as an
unglamorous role. This couldnąt be further from the truth -
secretarial grounding often means using the very latest technology and
office systems. The secretary is the backbone of any business and the
range of opportunities are endless."
Once completing her diploma exams,
Hannah already has her first interview lined up on what she hopes will
be her step onto the secretarial ladder.
She added: "I am happy to start
my career as the office junior and hope to work my way up to a PA
Anne Corder Recruitment launched the
awards seven years ago to highlight the course work of students and
the importance of good careers advice from the college and outside