Former Student Profile - Georgia Sanders, Class of 2015
What years did you attend WHS?
I attended Wycombe High School from September 2008 to June 2015.
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activies?
When I was in sixth form, I studied Latin at AS Level and Economics, English Literature and Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) at A-Level. I also undertook an EPQ, which was great practice for my university dissertation! I also got involved with Young Enterprise, Debate Society, was a Development Ambassador and was Co-Head of Guild, which all proved to be excellent opportunities to build my confidence and skills alongside my studies.
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?
I really enjoyed my whole Wycombe High experience, but especially being in sixth form. I had a really great group of friends and we had a lot of fun (in between lessons, of course!) I was also lucky to be able to go on a few trips whilst at school, and particularly enjoyed the trip to Pompeii at the beginning of Year 13 with my Latin class. We learned a lot about Ancient Rome, and ate copious amounts of pizza too… a win win!!
What did you do after school?
I went straight to University after finishing school. I chose to go to the University of East Anglia (UEA), based in Norwich, to study English Literature and Philosophy.
First and foremost, I wanted to do joint honours in English and Philosophy, so that narrowed the pool of universities which I was interested in attending. Once I had figured that much out (which took a little while, as initially I applied to study just English, before deciding that I wanted to continue learning about Philosophy as well!), I really liked the UEA campus and the city when I first went to visit. I was also excited by the modules which were on offer – and the flexibility given to students in deciding which to take!
What are you up to now?
I am on the Civil Service Fast Stream, in the Human Resources profession. The Fast Stream is a three-year leadership development programme, and I am currently halfway through. I have just finished an 18-month placement working at the Cabinet Office, and have very recently started working at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Alongside my day-to-day work, I am also studying towards my HR qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which is the professional body for HR. It’s hard work doing a qualification alongside a full-time job, but it will be worth it once I’ve finished!
What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?
It’s absolutely fine not to know exactly where you’re headed!
I spent a lot of time in Year 13 trying to figure out my “dream career”. I considered going into teaching, marketing, public relations, economics and others. I hadn’t even considered HR until I was applying for graduate schemes in my final year of university. I really enjoy working in HR, and I also know there’s still opportunity for me to change my mind if I wish to down the line – so don’t feel too pressured to have everything figured out right now.