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A Week of Careers Ideas and Inspiration
12 March 2021
Last week (1st to the 6th of March) was National Careers week and over the course of the week, students were treated to five inspirational careers chats from five former EHS students.
First up was Sabah Yaqoob who left EHS in 2010. She went on to study English at university and completed a masters in Fashion Entrepreneurship. Following a career in fashion, working for companies such as Chalhoub in Dubai and Harrods in London, Sabah is now setting up her own beauty company based on the principles of clean beauty.
It was clear from talking to Sabah that she is someone who has made the most of every opportunity available to her, and is carving out a successful career for herself.
Year 11 student Lois Sutton said: “I feel the most prominent point Sabah got across was that you never know where life will take you and you really can do whatever you set your mind to. Sabah spoke about her sister taking a toxicology degree and then ending up in marketing which I found really interesting. This is something I've seen a lot of on the careers instagram page too. A few girls re-studied after realising they wanted to do something totally different, which goes to show there isn’t just one career path for everyone!”
On Tuesday we spoke to Clementine Macliver who, since leaving EHS, completed the KPMG school leaver programme where she studied for a degree in accounting whilst working at KPMG.
This talk was hosted by year 12 student Omala Abrol. Clem spoke to the girls about how she got onto the programme and her experience working at KPMG and more recently Grant Thornton.
It was great to hear about alternative routes into accounting, and what it is like working for one of the big 4 accountancy firms in the UK.
On Wednesday, we heard from former students, Helen Field and pediatrician Jenny Loughnane.
Helen spoke to us about her path, originally studying a history degree at UCL, working at Goldman Sachs and then deciding that wasn’t for her and that she wanted to become a doctor.
Jenny currently assists in the interviews for medical school at the University of Liverpool and gave students who are thinking of applying for medicine tips and guidance.
Year 12 student Liberty Byrne said “It was nice to hear about the different routes into medicine. There isn’t just one path”
On Thursday Year 11 student Abi Tomlinson hosted a session with old girl Alice Higgins about her route, from studying History at Cambridge University to working for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Alice talked about some of the highlights of her career including working on the gender pay gap and attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. It was great to hear about the range of job opportunities available in the Civil Service.
On Friday the careers talk was hosted by Year 12 student Safa Chishti. Safa spoke to Old Girl Georgie Kiely who works as digital editor for BBC Good Food.
Georgie talked about how she attended a careers talk herself when she was at university, and how she took the opportunity to ask the speaker for work experience, and this is how she ended up working at BBC Good Food.
Year 12 student Ellie Egan Williams said: “I feel the main thing I have learnt is that getting work experience is very useful as it gives you a better insight into what you enjoy.”
We would like to say a big thank you to all girls for making this week a success. Especially our amazing Old Girls who gave up their time to speak candidly about life since EHS.