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Careers Forum - Careers in Geography, Geology and Environmental Sciences

We were delighted to hold a Careers Forum, welcoming a number of Old Girls and other speakers to talk about their experience of studying Geography, Geology and Environmental Sciences at university, as well as their subsequent careers. It was wonderful to hear about the huge range of opportunities available on completion of degrees in this field, including working in the energy industry; in a leading toy company; or working as a civil servant in departments as varied as the Government Digital Service branch, to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

It was a fantastic evening and we are grateful for the support of Old Girls and friends of the school who are willing to share their expertise.



Higher Education Fair
We were delighted to welcome representatives from a range of different universities for our Higher Education Fair. Over 20 universities were represented including Bath, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Leeds and Birmingham. The hall was buzzing with enthusiastic Lower Sixth as they toured the fair asking questions and finding out more about different universities and courses they were interested in. The students clearly found it a very useful and informative event and we were delighted with the feedback different university representatives gave about our girls; they were described as ‘highly engaged and focused’ and ‘keen to ask interesting questions’.

Higher Education Evening 
The Higher Education programme was launched to current Lower Sixth and their parents. Students and parents were given a useful and informative insight into the higher education process from Mrs Boulton, including how to widen their views and search for interesting and relevant courses. The importance of detailed research was also discussed. 

Year 11 and Sixth Form Languages Talk
We were fortunate to have Ailie Groom (a GHS Old Girl) come in and talk to Year 11 and Sixth Form linguists about her degree. Ailie is studying French and Economics at Exeter University and is currently working in Paris as part of her course. She inspired the girls to look at the opportunities available to them at university and abroad and it was great for us to see how much she was enjoying her studies.

Careers in Law 
We were delighted to welcome Zip Jila to talk at lunchtime to a group of Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form students about her experiences of Law. Zip is an Old Girl of the school and is also on the LGB. She studied Law at Cambridge and is now a Solicitor. She gave an inspirational and informative talk about entering Law (whether to study Law or another subject to degree level), the different paths of Solicitor and Barrister and shared her own experiences with the girls.

Careers Events 2015-16

Medicine Careers Evening
We were delighted to welcome back to school some of our ‘Old Girls’ at various stages of their medical careers, from those who have just completed one year of medical school through to two girls who are qualified doctors, one working at the Royal Surrey Hospital. The girls shared their experiences so far, giving our current students the opportunity to hear about different courses at different universities, including ‘dispelling the myth’ regarding PBL courses. It was great to also hear from a student who, having completed a Psychology degree is now studying graduate medicine, as well as from two junior doctors who were able to explain the ways in which Medicine is ‘not a glamorous career’!

Career Pathways using Languages
In February 2016, some of our recent Old Girls and other speakers came to GHS to talk about their experience of both studying Modern Languages at university and their subsequent careers. We also heard about what some other GHS linguists are now doing; recent GHS language graduates are working for Reuters in Brazil, Real Madrid TV in Spain, working for Grant Thornton and involved on a Law conversion course locally in Guildford. We were given an employer’s perspective with speakers from both Morgan Stanley and a founding partner from Indigo Capital who defined studying languages as ‘a degree of fun’ and explained how his degree enabled him to get a job, but having studied Modern Languages has defined his career. It was a fantastic evening and we are grateful for the support of Old Girls and friends of the school who are willing to share their expertise.

What is it really like to study Medicine and become a Doctor?
Ten Old Girls at different stages of their medical training came in to talk about their experiences so far in terms of applying, starting medical school, and completing their F1 and F2 years. Medical students at a range of different stages and at different universities also came to share their experiences.
Working in publishing and carving a career as an author
Val Hudson, author of ‘Boywatching’ (written under the pseudonym Chloe Bennet) talked to girls about her early career in publishing and her work as a successful writer. She fascinated the girls with her stories and advice. 

Interview Skills morning for Medicine Applicants
Girls who have applied for Medicine came into school one Saturday morning and each had a practice interview with a doctor; we are very grateful to the parents who gave up their time to help our current Upper Sixth prepare for the interview process.