21st Century Careers Evening
The 21st Century Careers Evening was held at St George's College, Weybridge on the 10 December and was attended by Fifth and Sixth Form students at the College.
The guests included CEOs and Directors and comprised Old Georgians, current parents and past parents, who all helped encourage the students to explore the wide variety of careers the world now has to offer.
The evening’s most popular speakers were the CEO of BT, Global
Relationship Director at the Financial Times and a Cyber
Security Executive; although the students appreciated every speaker who came as
they gave them a look into the extremely different and wide variety of jobs now
available to university graduates and experienced workers alike.
The evening went off without a hitch and the guests were welcomed with open arms as the students were keen to find out more about their jobs and how they came to be there. My personal favourite speaker was a director at the Financial Times, who encouraged us to find new ways of doing everyday tasks and showed us how advertising was constantly changing. One of the founders of the Whiffaway waterless urinal was also excellent; he told us how sometimes taking a risk can pay off and can lead us into a career we never imagined we wanted to do.
Throughout the evening I learnt that anything is possible, but hard work and dedication is needed to get to where I want to be and the career I want to take. Furthermore I learnt that every degree can lead to a completely different job, which might not even be related to the initial subject.
I enjoy the career evenings as I find it’s a fun, interactive evening which allows me to network with parents and Old Georgians, as well as research new and exciting careers that interest me. I greatly appreciate the guests who take time out of their busy schedules to come and talk to us as it supplies us with a window into the working world which we will soon be a part of.
Lindsay Eaton, Lower Sixth Form student
Mark Brown - Executive Director of Cyber Security and Resilience, EY
Gavin Jardine - Partner, IBM Global Business Services UK
Alwin Magimay - Partner, Head of Digital and Analytics, KPMG UK
Sebastian Marshall - Operations Director and Co-Owner at Whiffaway
James O’Sullivan - Kobas
Gavin Patterson - Chief Executive BT Group plc
Guy Sutton - Global Account Director, Verint
Nick Turner - Head of Production, Customer Portfolio of Events at IQPC
Richard Wright - Chief Executive, ACRE
Valerie Xiberras - Global Relationship Director, Financial Times