This year’s Careers Convention proved to be the most impressive to date. Over seventy professionals and university delegates lined up to offer insightful advice to both students and parents. Particularly valued was the presence of so many Old Moretonians whose ‘horse’s mouth’ advice was much appreciated by the current U5 and L6 students.
Keynote speaker, Laura Yule (OM and Managing Director of The Meantime Brewing Company) opened with a seminar on ‘The pursuit of Fulfilment’. Described by Sophie (L6) as inspirational, Laura encouraged the girls to harness their Moreton spirit and to follow their passions when making future career decisions. Professor Martyn Jones (Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University, London) offered direction on University choices, adeptly outlining the current Higher Education landscape.
Advising on the reality of university life, Natalya Khan (OM and Cambridge Classicist) commented, "It stretches you in every way, not just academically." Perseverance and determination seemed to be the order of the day. OM, Dr Sarah Bailey stressed the fact that being a doctor "is not for the faint-hearted. You must have a good sense of humour and be able to laugh at yourself. It’s a privilege to work as a doctor but with privilege comes a lot of responsibility."
Preconceptions were regularly mistaken: Senior Paramedic, Hannah Donaldson outlined the various routes into her profession but emphasised that, "It’s not all about the blue lights and trauma. It’s much more about the social aspect, caring for people in the community."
Similarly, accountant, Zoe Davenport, drew attention to the importance of personal relationships in her profession. "You don’t necessarily have to be great with numbers. My job satisfaction comes from helping people achieve their personal goals, helping them to budget for their dream holiday or new house."
The diverse array of delegates and speakers was highlighted by one parent, who commented, "My son is at a prominent boys’ independent school, down south. They offer nothing on careers which is comparable to the scale and quality of this." Indeed, from the Russell Group universities, to the range of professionals, there can be no doubt that Moreton’s Careers Department has done a sterling job.