Upper Sixth Prepare for Next Steps in Life
Upper Sixth students gained invaluable lifelong advice, skills and knowledge from a panel of industry experts during the our Life Hacks for University and Beyond week.
From Monday 7th to Friday 11th June, Upper Sixth students attended presentations, lectures and seminars from notable external speakers, many of whom are College alumni, and participated in a variety of team building and skill development activities to prepare them for the personal, social and professional challenges they may encounter in the future.
The week kicked off with an introduction to the numerous opportunities that await the students as members of the Stortfordian Foundation, the College’s alumni network, by current President, Chris Forster (MJH, SuH, 82-90). Throughout the week, students engaged in a range of lectures and seminars from a variety of speakers including further Old Stortfordians and nationally recognised career professionals.
With lectures and seminars ranging from how to run a society at university from a panel of recent Old Stortfordians who are current undergraduates, to how to be an effective communicator, notable speakers included experienced Psychological Therapist, Rachel Ewans, who shared advice on mental health and wellbeing, former Detective Chief Inspector and Inspector for Specialist Operations, Ross McDermott (GH, AH, 89-96), who has dealt with counter-terrorism and hostage negotiations throughout his career and shared his expertise on personal safety and communication skills, Old Stortfordian Paula Humphrey (YH, 92-94), VP and EMEA Head of Candidate Engagement at J.P Morgan, who shared her wealth of knowledge into personal branding, and former BBC Radio presenter and journalist, Eric Dixon, who worked with the students on their presentation and communication skills.
Head of Sixth Form, Katie Banks, commented “The cancellation of A Level exams this Summer provided a golden opportunity to dedicate time to setting the Upper Sixth up for leaving the College and launching out to life at university and work. The Life Hacks week was jam-packed with a range of lectures, seminars and practical sessions to arm students with lifelong knowledge and skills. We had a wonderful range of speakers with current undergraduates highlighting areas they wish they had known about in advance, and experienced professionals running sessions on mental health, security, change management and careers.”
As well as hearing from a range of external speakers, students also took part in various skill-based activities during the week to further develop vital lifelong skills for university and beyond such as cooking, first aid, interview technique, basic car mechanics and how to manage a budget. Upper Sixth student Holly H commented, “It was so helpful just before university to be made aware of so many important things and to be taught life skills.”