CAREER ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FROM THE EXPERTS… OLD WULFRUNIANS

Year 7 and Year 8 students had an opportunity to meet with a number of former students (known as Old Wulfrunians or OWs) to talk about life after School.

Our guests came back to School to help current younger students understand that there are many different types of career opportunities out there.
Invited as part of the School’s ASPIRE programme of activities (which aims to build confidence and widen their knowledge of life outside school) the former students talked openly about how, when they were in Year 7 and 8 they were either beginning to think about future career possibilities – or didn’t really know what pathway they would take. Year 7 & 8 students asked lots of challenging questions and made the most of the opportunity to talk to former students who had been in their shoes.
The purpose of the assembly was to reassure students that  there are probably lots of careers out there that they are not currently aware of, and even if they do have an idea even at this early stage, that sometimes that can change.
Thank you to all our guests:
Jonathan Crawford (OW 2014) currently studying automotive design at Coventry University
Jonathan is Senior Vice President of an independent clothing company called Voyce Clothing. He is passionate about all things automotive, but it wasn’t always that way. Jonathan was a promising footballer, playing for Bristol Rovers football club. Injury meant that he had to change career direction and although he is still an excellent footballer (often returning to School to help coach the first XI team) he is now pursuing his career as an entrepreneur and enjoying his automotive design degree at a leading university.
Shobhan Dhir (OW 2011) Project Manager and MEng Mechanical Engineering Graduate working for locally based firm Futura Design Limited.
Shobhan gained a Masters Degree in Mechanial Engineering with BioEngineering (and First Class Honours) from Newcastle University. As Project Manager for the Futura Group, he is proud to be part of a company provided specialist design solutions for more than 25 years. Since starting in 1987 the group has grown steadily and now comprises of three divisions; Futura Design, Futura Recruitment and Clark Abel bespoke luxury design.
Claudia Gilmour (OW 2008) Head of Creative Learning and Education at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Claudia graduated with a BA in Fashion Management with First Class Honours from Birmingham City University. She left WGS to study musical theatre, events and fashion management.  She provided guidance on the wide variety of job opportunities in the theatre industry including performing, backstage, management and administration roles including marketing, box office, front of house opportunities.  Her current role includes promoting arts to the local community, project management, promoting and running workshops for touring shows and outreach activities.
Other guests representing a diverse range of sectors including medicine, finance and law will also be invited over the coming months to talk to students.

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