At the Old Stortfordian Society our greatest assets are our inspirational Old Stortfordians (OS). Our OS members have followed diverse educational and career pathways after leaving the College and have gained a wealth of experience along the way.
Our recent leavers and current College pupils are tomorrow’s Old Stortfordians so it would be wonderful if our OS could share their life experiences with them as they make important decisions about their future.
Sharing knowledge and experience with other OS or current pupils would be invaluable in providing them with first hand insight into life in the ‘real’ world.
If you feel that you may be in a position to assist OS starting out on their career journey or support current pupils with insight into your career path or current role by offering internships to OS, giving a lecture or running a workshop with current pupils, providing CV critique, interview practice, mentoring or even the provision of work shadowing or work placements we would love to hear from you. For current pupils, we would work alongside our Higher Education & Careers team here at the College to ensure that pupils could benefit from your assistance and wealth of expertise but for OS we are able to foster relationships directly.
Contact: Jennifer Hanson
In 2011, Old Stortfordian Alex Watson (Grimwade House & School House 1989-1998) created the ‘OS Access Business Internship’ at Australian Business (Australian Chambers of Commerce in the UK). Alex approached the College’s Higher Education & Careers Department and offered a six week summer internship to a current College pupil. The approach to the College was initiated by Alex and pupils were selected on the basis of CV’s and interview. The internship gave the successful applicant, Alex Hunt, the opportunity to be involved with ongoing projects and to take ownership of a small event on behalf of the organisation. Alex Watson has committed to make the internship an annual occurrence and we are sure that demand amongst current College pupils to secure the place will be high in coming years.
The OS Access Business internship is an excellent example of the way in which an individual OS can enhance the career prospects of an enthusiastic College pupil just on the brink of entering professional life. It really can be a win-win experience for all involved: the pupil gains real insight into a professional environment and the organiser of the internship gains the enthusiasm and desire to learn from the pupil.
Alex Watson has very kindly agreed to share his experience of setting up and delivering his internship with any OS who may be considering offering a similar opportunity to a current College pupil. Please use the web form above to contact the OS Office and we will pass on Alex’s contact details.
Old Stortfordian to Old Stortfordian Career Guidance and Networking
Our Old Stortfordian Society professional networking group on LinkedIn continues to grow in size and is an invaluable resource for Old Stortfordians to communicate with each other in a professional environment.
If you are a recent graduate or are looking to take the next step in your career you may find a valuable OS contact in your chosen sector within our LinkedIn membership. This is a closed group so you can be confident that all members are genuine Old Stortfordians. In these tough economic times sector contacts can prove priceless in gaining a foothold in your career.
Professional networking events have now been added to our OS events calendar. These small scale, career sector specific, networking events have already proved valuable to those that have attended them. Please do join our LinkedIN group to make valuable contacts and keep up to date with forthcoming events. The more active the membership of the group, the more effective it will become in building a professional Old Stortfordian networking community.