Year 12 Inspire & Career Talk and Networking Event
On Tuesday 3 March 2020 seven former students returned to school to share their career paths since leaving Wycombe High School including a past Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl.
The talk featured the following former students:
- Emilia Gaca, Class of 2016, has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Exeter. She is a Legal Assistant to the Managing Partner at McAllister Olivarius, American/British Law Firm.
- Zoe Hall, Classs of 2015, is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.
- Grace Hussey-Burd, Class of 2013, received a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts, Drama and Theater arts from the University of Birmingham and a Master’s degree in Acting from East 15 Acting School. Grace is an actress, theatre-maker and improviser.
- Amy Mason, Class of 2003, has a First Degree in Math (Oxon), Mathematics from University of Oxford and PhD in Mathematics from Universitya of Bristol. She is an Applied Statistician (Research Associate) at Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
- Helen Ramsbottom, Class of 2009, received a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath. She is the Lead Quality Representative for the Yorkshire Police Forensic Services.
- Flo Wilson, Class of 2014, left at the end of Year 12 and went straight into an apprenticeship in partnership with University of West London and the Gordon Ramsay (GR) group. She is a chef at a private members club, The Conduit, in Mayfair.
- Dr Aliya Yousuf, Class of 2011, received a MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from King's College London and a MSc in Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently on maternity leave from the Accident & Emergency SHO West Middlesex University Hospital.
All of the Year 12 students enjoyed hearing all of the different career paths that the alumnae had taken and were given the opportunity to ask interesting questions, such as setting career goals and the ratio of gender in their University course and / or profession. The speakers highlighted the importance of confidence in male dominated university courses and careers, being resilient and believing in yourself. Students were encouraged to keep their options open and seek opportunities, especially through reaching out for work experience, and not being afraid of rejection.
The question of setting career goals created a mix of responses form the speakers, including the danger of fixed plans and encouraging flexibility, but also setting achievable yearly goals that aren’t solely focussed on profession but rather on wellbeing and learning new skills.
One of the alumnae also talked to the girls about the importance of extra-curricular activities, including her experience in playing Ultimate Frisbee for Team GB, inspiring the Year 12s to try new sports to balance out academics. The talk also focussed on the positives of University life, including the wide variety of societies, including a zombies and humans society which is a game at Birmingham University.
Lastly, the speakers also focussed on the idea of work experience, and the difficulty of finding it in certain fields such as the Arts. They encouraged the girls to email all possible work experience locations, and not be disheartened if they do not hear back, as inevitably someone will. They also discussed partaking in work experience that doesn’t necessarily relate to their field of work such as working at John Lewis as a sales assistant which can provide valuable customer relations skills that build self confidence that they could take into any field of work.
The Year 12 girls were also given the chance to partake in networking afterwards, allowing them to ask the speakers more questions and ask for advice on their choices and ideas.
By Kristen Bailey, Year 13, Austen 6, Head of Guild