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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Meet the Professionals

Advice on potential career paths for year 12

As part of our year long programme of enrichment sessions, Year 12 students enjoyed their first opportunity to participate in the “Meet the Professionals” event, held on Wednesday 11th November, an initiative aiming to increase awareness amongst young people of the range and variety of potential employment options that are available to them. These talks were an occasion for students to meet professional people and hear their experiences and advice on potential career paths.

Students had eight sessions to choose from:

  • Law - Mrs Julia Randell-Khan, a lawyer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dr Kameel Khan, a lawyer who now sits as a Judge in the Tax Court
  • Accountancy – Mr Jonathan Cousins FCCA, Finance Transformation Project Manager
  • IT in Business – Mr Stephane Chatal, Chief Information Officer,  Inchcap
  • Construction Management – Mr Troy Hunter, Director at Harmonix Construction Ltd
  • Engineering Apprenticeships – Mr Liam Gavaghan, ex-student, Engineer working for the London Underground
  • NHS and Healthcare – Mrs Katie Adams, National Programme Manager from Health Education England
  • Social Services – Mrs Sue Cremin, Social Worker, Ealing Social Services
  • Police and Forensics – PC Diane Reddy, Ealing Safer Schools Officer

Every session was well attended and well received by both students and our guest speakers.  One of the talks is especially one to highlight: The NHS and Healthcare session was delivered by Katie Adams, National Programme Manager from Health Education England (HEE), the national body responsible for education, training and workforce development for the NHS.

A camera crew photographed and recorded the discussion with students and captured some of their individual opinions about how the NHS should reach out to young people. This footage will be used to produce a short video that will inform a national strategy about how the NHS should work with young people and schools to raise awareness about careers in health and care.

We would like to thank all the guest speakers for giving up their time to visit our school and deliver a talk.   The whole event was a great success. Talks like these are so beneficial to young people as they help them realise that there are so many career paths they hadn’t even thought about which they could follow with their degrees.

See Photographs of the day: