Lower Sixth Careers Fair

The Lower Sixth Careers Fair was definitely an insightful opportunity for us to begin considering various career paths, and it gave us the freedom of selecting from a broad range of fields that we may choose to pursue.

Fourteen Old Marlburians and parents very kindly came to discuss their personal experiences in their careers. They provided details about their own professional journeys and offered helpful information on how we ourselves have a variety of choices that could get us to desired destinations. It was particularly interesting to learn about the flexibility of many courses, both at university and career level in terms of required A level subjects. The speakers also shared much information about struggles in business start-ups or finding a first job, but explained that determination and perseverance eventually got them to a point of success. The speakers didn’t over-glorify their occupations, but also explained the negatives, while revealing the passion that they hold for their jobs. It was interesting to learn about the variety of jobs that can link to each other, through skills or basic specialist qualifications that are required, as many of the speakers went through one field to another. It brought more reality to the idea of jobs and life after Marlborough by providing accurate, first-hand knowledge so that we gained a basic understanding of the breadth of the working world. There is not just one way to land a certain job!

I found ideas such as those we learned about working as a CEO reassuring. Tim Cooke discussed how his job (managing museums) was open to many areas of study and required a wide range of skills that applied to almost any kind of management job available. We gained a clear sense and understanding that jobs themselves are not fixed, but are constantly changing. It seemed to be a reoccurring theme that experience makes finding jobs much easier. Other kinds of community/charity work were also highly recommended. It was also nice to hear that many OMs and parents didn’t just focus on income, but fulfilment and happiness were valued as more important in many ways.

Jonathan Hall discussed how his architectural business (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris) had grown and developed over time out of dedicated, refined and focused work. He encouraged our involvement in architectural groups or institutions, for example attending summer shows of architectural works. Miranda Michaelis, discussed her experiences in journalism and gave us invaluable personal insights while describing the many different types of sectors, from magazines and newsletters to TV broadcasting. It was very nice to hear that none of these jobs were particularly narrow as they allowed for elements such as international involvement and completely new kinds of experiences. It really made future careers seem less daunting and more achievable.

Review by Indigo Randolph Gray (LI L6)

Thanks to the following OMs and parents for their time:

Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger – Archaeology/Heritage
Jonathan Hall (C1 1974-79) – Architecture
Dr Joanna Iddon (SU 1987-89) – Clinical Psychology
Jane Nicholson and Hannah Scott – Civil Service
Mark Tidmarsh 
(B3 1983-87) – Digital Enterprise
Richard Threlfall (TU 1984-89) – Engineering
Miranda Michaelis – Journalism
Matthew Reeve – Law
Holly Scott-Donaldson 
(MO 1989-91) – Marketing
Dr Miriam Manook (EL 1997-99) – Medicine
Dr Tim Cooke – Museum Management
David Keown 
(LI 1984-89) – Pharmaceuticals
Peter Michaelis – Socially Responsible Investment
James Astor – Waste and Renewable Energy Sectors



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