'On Friday 21 April, Jessica O'Shea (OC 2008, Vanbrugh) came to talk to the Third Form during their WIT session. Jessica is currently working as a solicitor and spoke to us about working as a solicitor and her journey to get there.
Jessica's talk was interesting and gave us an insight into what it is like to be a solicitor. Her talk was inspirational in many ways, especially the advice she gave us about how to approach our careers destination. There were two points in particular which really stuck in my mind. The first being that you should always be what you want to be and not what others want you to do. The second one was that you don’t have to be good at something straight away, if you want to achieve something you have to work hard and strive to get there.
After the talk Third Form pupils went back to their tutor groups and discussed what they had learnt from Jessica's talk and how it has had an impact on their thoughts about their own potential career choices. In our forms we had to write down a few ideas about what we wanted to be and how to get there.
This was our second careers meeting with an old Cokethorpean following the talk with small business owner and body builder, Chloe Pickford (OC 2010, Vanbrugh). We are finding these talks very useful in helping us to try and think about what we might like to do in the future.'
Mimi Rumsby (Third Form, Vanbrugh)