Arts and Humanities Careers Fair on 19th April 2012 Ms Harper, Head of Sixth Form writes:
Head Girl, Karuna Patel, took the initiative to organise an Arts Careers’ Fair for S4, S5 and the 6th Form. Two of Karuna’s ‘A’ level subjects are English Literature and History and she is intending to read History at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge later this year. Therefore, she was inspired to hold an event to represent the wide range of careers available to Arts graduates.
We were privileged to welcome Emily Buchanan, BBC World Affairs Correspondent who provided an interesting and motivating insight into her work. Anna Crosby and Rowena Marshall, both lawyers at Maclay, Murray and Spens International law firm spoke openly about their career journeys. Neither of them originally planned to enter this profession and they explained how career paths can develop and lead you into different directions. Amit Roy, a respected journalist at the Daily Telegraph, emphasised the importance of following your academic interests which will inevitably result in a satisfying career.
After the main speeches, students attended workshops which gave them the opportunity to find out more and ask individual questions. Melanie James, assistant producer at Prime Focus, ran one of the workshops and explained the fascinating work she does behind the scenes in the world of film making and advertising. Another workshop was held by Anish Patel, a former pupil who gained a degree in Architecture from the University of Kent and is now an architect. It was also a pleasure to see former students Janavi and Jagravi Upadhyay in the audience who are studying Italian at Warwick and Law at Queen Mary respectively.
We would like to thank all our guests for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk to our students and we are also grateful to Karuna’s parents for their encouragement and support. Thanks to the hard work and assistance of all the 6th form and the foresight, effort and exceptional leadership of Karuna, the event was a great success and highly beneficial for our senior school pupils. Well done!
Finance Careers Fair on Friday, 25th March 2011 (2pm to 5pm) - Mr Savjani writes:
After the highly successful Medical Careers Fair in November, the we took on the task of organising a careers fair for Finance, Accounting and Banking. Initially it was felt that ten weeks was not long enough to organise such an ambitious event. However, I am delighted to say that we had wonderful support form governors, parents and friends of the school in fielding some brilliant speakers from famous establishments. The students will confirm that we managed to organise a fair that would be the envy of most schools.
Students in Senior 4, 5 and 6 attended the event in the Yogi Hall last Friday from 2pm to 4.30pm. Speakers from renowned organizations such as JP Morgan Investments, London School of Accountancy and Management (London SAM), Deloitte, Clydesdale Bank, The Blackstone Group, Institute of Bankers, Association of Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, MacIntyre Hudson, Institute of Actuaries and Fisher Partners delivered presentations about their specialist area and explained how it fitted in with the larger financial sector. Also, a couple of ex-students – Ambrish Patel and Minesh Kakkad – were also present to encourage our students to take up careers in different branches of Finance, Accounting and Banking.
After the presentations, the students had an opportunity to meet with the practising professional and ask questions about the different specialisms and routes on offer. Many of the speakers mentioned how focussed and attentive the students were. My thanks to all those parents who helped with the fair. Lastly, may I thank Ms Maharaj and her team for this brilliant fair.
Medical Forum on Thursday, 18 November 2010 - Mr Savjani writes:
A large number of practising medical professionals attended the fair which took place from 2pm to 5pm last Thursday. The main part of the programme was a number of presentations for Senior 4, 5 & 6 students on topics that included career routes in the NHS, admission requirements at universities, personal statements and interview techniques. We also had a short presentation from the medical school at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, which has students from all over the world. Not only are the facilities and accommodation excellent, the fees are also very competitive.
how competitive the whole area of higher education is
about the process of applying to university, especially for medicine and related professions
about the support and guidance provided in the sixth form at the school
about the school's contacts for getting work experience placements for our students
After the presentations, our students had an opportunity to meet with practising professionals, many of whom were our ex-students studying Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Biochemistry, etc. The atmosphere in the Yogi Hall was busy and purposeful.
I would like to thank all those who supported our Medicine related Careers Fair. In particular, I would like to thank all the parents, governors and friends of the school with a medical background, who stood behind their specialist stalls and answered students’ queries and guided them. May I also thank the following team of teaching and non-teaching staff:
· Ms Maharaj, who coordinated the event and gave a talk on Interview Techniques
· Ms Karen Harper, who gave a presentation on Admission Requirements
· Mr Wills, who gave a presentation on Personal Statements
· Mrs Chaudhuri and her team for the work they put in before, during and after the event
· Mrs Manjula Patel, who produced the programme leaflet
· Performing Arts staff who trained the pupils for the music and dance items
· Manglaben and the kitchen staff for the refreshments
· Sixth Form students for decorating the hall, managing the PA system and much more
The feedback has been very positive from the students and we hope to arrange a similar fair for careers in Finance and Banking in the near future.