Our Upper Sixth pupils joined a panel of Old Bradfieldians who discussed their experiences of higher education and taking their first career steps as our current pupils prepare for life beyond Bradfield. The remote nature of the event meant we were able to welcome OBs from further afield with our UK based alumni joined by counterparts in Amsterdam, Brussels and the USA. Pupils were advised to learn from their failures, that it is OK to change direction and to consider any and every opportunity that comes their way.
A huge thank you to our panel which comprised of Hugo Kendall (G 08-13) an army Cavalry Officer; Jess Banfield (M 09-14) now at Lloyds Banking Group; Victoria Leijten (K 10- 15) a final year Acting student at drama school; Ella Maguire (M 12-17 a hair and make-up artist (a grad from the Iver Academy) currently working on the Mission Impossible films; Max Mosley (F 10-15) a policy and political campaign assistant now doing an MPA in Econ Policy at the LSE; Harry Tanner (F 10-15) a tutor and PhD student in Classics; Caspar Howells (G 08-13) an Associate with Vedder Price in LA currently also finishing grad law at UCLA; Ben Newall (E 11-16) currently a Yacht Engineer with Sealevel BV in Amsterdam; and Robert Tyler (A 08-13) a political adviser in Brussels.
Our annual practice interview evening perhaps reflected the style of interview our current Bradfieldians can expect as they prepare for a very different workplace. Our Horizons Department were supported by a number of parents, businesses and recruiters as they interviewed our pupils remotely.
As always our interviewers spoke highly of their experiences with our pupils, many of whom were experiencing this kind of interview for the first time. Here are two of the positive comments our Horizons Department received.
“All my interviewees were very well prepared and brought with them a variety of very interesting experiences and aspirations that they could convey with lots of passion. I would certainly hire them all in the future!”
“I really enjoyed meeting the four impressive young people that I had the privilege to work with. You will be pleased to hear that they all represented Bradfield in a very good light. It was interesting to see how diverse all four of the young people were and how focused and ambitious they all are in their own way.”