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Careers Advice from the Top for King’s College Pupils

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‘You only get one shot ….. be hungry for life’ Tim Davie, Future Director General of the BBC

Wise words from one of the guests of the online King’s College Festival of Careers and Entrepreneurship, which took place for Fifth and Sixth Form pupils in the last two weeks of term.

Exploiting the omnipresent Teams technology and the extreme good will of our guests, the festival represents a King’s take on Ted Talks – twice a day for ten days we’ve welcomed a wide range of speakers knitted together by a desire to squeeze the very most out of life’s possibilities.

Guests have included the soon to be Director General of the BBC, Tim Davie, successful entrepreneur old boy Ted Nash, David Flatman, rugby player and broadcaster, Colonel Wilde for a take on life in the military, Emma Warren, MD of Elite Staffing Solutions, who gave invaluable advice on CV preparation and interview technique and even the President of Astra Zeneca UK who took time away from finding and manufacturing a vaccine for Covid to give our pupils his take on how to forge a fulfilling life.

Brainchild of our Director of Development, Julian Mack, and Head of Sixth Form, Oliver Ridley, the programme started with academic enrichment programmes for both our Fifth Form and Upper Sixth Form pupils. Those in the Fifth Form were able to undertake pre-A level courses, learning more about what to expect next year, while the Upper Sixth engaged in undergraduate-style micro-courses, designed to give them a flavour of university coursework. These courses were written by former students of King’s who are now at university themselves. They put together a week’s worth of undergraduate work to let the current sixth formers have a go at what they will be doing next year. The final two weeks of the programme were then focused on careers and business.

Commenting, Julian Mack, said:

“Rich with messages, which chime with the ethos of King’s Schools, we hope the advice offered will be invaluable to our leavers, who no doubt face a tougher than usual challenge to assimilate into the world post school.”

He added: “The age old truths came flooding through: get stuck in, be kind, be positive in the face of adversity, be yourself and avoid perpetual comparison, force yourself to step out of your social comfort zone, make a contribution to society particularly during a crisis like Covid, develop hobbies and bring humanity and humility to everything you do.”

Oliver Ridley, our Head of Sixth Form, said, "Given the circumstances we felt it was really important to give these young people plenty of useful and enjoyable work to do. Communicating with the students while they were working at home allowed us to be creative and imaginative in our teaching methods, and I think the academic staff have really enjoyed that challenge."

We look forward to our pupils heeding the advice and returning to inspire the next generation.

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