Lower Sixth Careers Fair

The Lower Sixth Careers Fair on Thursday 16th March was very helpful. With accomplished professionals representing a wide range of fields from Medical Psychology to Investment Banking each pupil got an insight into three possible career paths.

The meetings were structured into 35-minute seminars, as the visiting agent from each of these different professions gave us a thorough insight into what they do, how they do it, and other ins and outs of their working lives, whilst Sixth Form pupils were able to interject throughout, raising any specific queries which arose throughout the courses of the session. Not only was this very enlightening for those of us who already had a fair idea of what fields we wanted to enter after Marlborough, it was also very informative for many, who like me, haven’t the faintest idea of what we want to do.

All of the visiting professionals were candid and open to answering anything: from the glamorous description of the fairly recent Aston Villa Football Club acquisition to the slightly less opulent process of setting up one’s own Eurostar publication. Questions about how a-level choices impact career prospects were naturally common, and many of us were happy to learn that whilst there are, of course, exceptions such as Engineering, most jobs don’t require any particular subject at the secondary education level.

What was unique about this process was the ability to speak to people who have often started from the very bottom of their fields and worked their way up to their success. Not only are the opportunities life holds exciting, but they also involve a great deal of hard work and resilience, and the latter quality was probably the most important thing that I took away from this experience.

Virat Talwar (C2 L6)

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