Higher Education and Careers Forum 2021

Spring term is usually the time of year when universities and employers gather from far and wide to attend our annual Higher Education and Careers Forum. In recent years we have welcomed a growing number of Old Wulfrunians (OWs) as guest speakers to the event.

Determined that students would not go without as a result of COVID restrictions, on Monday 22nd March we virtually welcomed five younger OWs to share some first-hand experiences and advice on life beyond school and at university.

We were delighted to be joined by the following OWs from the Class of 2019: Haran Athwal, who is studying Medicine at Aston University; Thayla Bradley who is studying Psychology and Laurence Picken who is studying International Business, Finance, Economics, both attend the University of Manchester; Ollie Evans, who is studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and Mia Seager who left the School in 2020 and is now in her first year studying Modern Languages at the University of Nottingham.

From their classrooms, students in Years 10, 11 and Lower Sixth were connected to the Panel of OWs via Zoom. After a welcome and brief introduction from Alex Frazer, the Head, each OW talked briefly about their individual route to and experience of life at university. They also shared an example of their most rewarding, and conversely their most challenging, moments so far. Finally, a single piece of advice offered by each panel member to their young audience brought the thought-provoking session to a close.

Of the event, Rhi Clancy, Head of Sixth Form, said: ‘I couldn’t be more proud of our panel of OWs. They were honest, open, positive but realistic and provided some great insight as well as messages of reassurance for our students.’

If you are interested in speaking at a careers event, or can offer guidance, advice or mentorship to a student, please do get in touch with the Development Office by email: development@wgs-sch.net. Whatever your career path or industry, we would love to hear from you.