Former Student Profile – Jade Gould, Class of 2012
We are looking forward to welcoming Jade back to school for the Year 7 Inspire & Career Talk & Networking Event P4 Thursday 10 October 2019.
What years did you attend WHS? 2005 - 2012
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?
interests at school mainly leant towards creative subjects, such as Art and Textiles. I took both subjects at A-Level which was quite a challenge with all of the coursework, but really rewarding. I also enjoyed Dance and was even part of Trampoline Club for a while! I’m also quite Business minded, and during my time at WHS partook in Young Enterprise, and studied Business at both GCSE and A-Level. I was also part of my year 11 Prom Committee, which was a great opportunity to organise something for our year to celebrate together after our GCSEs – it was also an important lesson in budgeting (Pinewood Studios is not the cheapest venue)!
Year 11 Prom committee on the big night
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?
I have lots of great memories of Wycombe High, such as playing a mermaid in the school panto, and helping to run a Christmas charity talent show - The Xmas Factor! I also went on some great school trips; from Cadbury World in Birmingham all the way to New York. But often what forges some of my best memories are the great people I spent time with, including many of the amazing women I’m still proud to call my best friends!
Best friends from Wycombe High School
What did you do after school?
After school, I went onto university. I knew for me personally I wouldn’t have enough motivation to further my education if I had a break in between. I studied Fashion Marketing and Branding at Nottingham Trent University, which I loved. It was the perfect course to combine my interest in the fashion industry, from more of a business perspective.
The course was quite unique in that it had a great mix of business theory and more practical digital skills, as well as getting “live briefs” from real companies.
As far as Nottingham itself goes, the first time I visited the city I just got a great feeling about it, it felt like the place I wanted to be. I was really proud to graduate in 2015, with a 2:1.
What are you up to now?
I currently work for an Oxford-based marketing agency as a Digital Campaign Manager. After starting work experience in my Uni holidays, I was offered a permanent position after graduating and have been a full-time member of staff for more than 3 years. I love the team I work with, and dealing with clients, while also still using some of the creative skills I learnt during my course. Working within a small company has really allowed me to make the job my own.
What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?
If you’re not sure 100% what you want to pursue after you leave school, that’s ok.
Even if you feel as though you’ve made a “sensible” choice for your next move, whether that’s a job, an apprenticeship or course of study, know that you don’t have to box yourself into only doing that one thing!
Take the time to explore your other interests - take part in a sport you love, learn another language or how to throw pottery. You never know who you might meet or how it could open your mind to an avenue you had never considered before. There’s so much to discover, so use your time wisely!