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Careers Day 2021 Part 2

Careers Day at Fettes Part 2

Welcome to Careers Day Part 2  providing ideas and context to assist students and their parents making informed decisions about higher education and career journeys beyond school.  Our theme for this two-part virtual Careers Day continues to be:  Thinking about how to shape your future, building interpersonal skills, and filling your time productively.  

We hope you find our panel event, the closing remarks and our Alumni Career Stories helpful. 


Panel conversation – Making your time count

This thought provoking panel conversation provides you with inspiration on how to start your career journey and how to use your time wisely.  Chaired by Liam Vandoorne (Ki 2001-2006), CEO of the London based headhunting firm VARO Partners.  Our first panelist  is Wilfried Vyslozil (SH 1973)Executive Chairman of SOS Children’s Villages. SOS Children’s Villages offer an innovative approach to traditional foster & institutional care providing safe, stable, loving homes across more than 550 SOS Children’s Villages globally. Our second panelist is Ingrid Emerson MBEChief Executive of Project Trust, the educational charity specialising in volunteering. Tom MortonDirector of ClimateCare is our third panelist, ClimateCare is a business relating Climate Change and the implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa.



Closing remarks: Be the best you can be by making your own decisions

Tim McEwan (Gl 1987-1992), MD Talent Development & Advisory at Sheffield Haworth, Fellow in Management Practice at the Cambridge Judge Business School draws our virtual Careers Day to a close with some key points and reflections to guide you and support you as you start to plan for your career journey beyond school.  

Alumni Career Stories

Our fantastic Old Fettesians have kindly recorded some short videos to share their career journeys so far. Their tips and insights into life after Fettes and the working world, should hopefully help you clarify your thoughts about the right career path for you. We hope these videos will encourage you to have confidence in your future career choices. Remember, there are so many incredible opportunities out there. 

Lucy Macmaster

Old Fettesian, 2012-2016

Lucy attended the University of Exeter where she studied a BSc in Economics with European Studies with a year of study at Universidad Carlos III Madrid.  She used her holidays to gain work experience in finance and just one month after graduating, she started a graduate role at Goldman Sachs as a Risk Analyst.  She provides an insight into University, her course, application processes for internships and graduate jobs and her job at Goldman Sachs.

Eliza Le Roy-Lewis

Old Fettesian, 2010 - 2015

Eliza attended Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge where she studied History of Art and Architecture. She talks about her course of study and her love for Art History.  Eliza used a variety of work experience to help her to forge her interests and career path. She is currently a resident teacher at a boarding school, St Catherine’s School, Bramley.

Douglas Beard

Old Fettesian,  2009-2015

Douglas is now a British Army Officer serving with the Scots Guards. He talks about his undergraduate studies of Human Geography at the University of Exeter and student life along with his student events business venture.  Douglas gives a realistic approach to the application process to the British Army. Before taking up his place at Sandhurst he took a Gap Year to travel in South America and through South East Asia.  During his year at Sandhurst he went to Germany, France, the Isle of Wight and to Qatar.  Douglas is now a British Army Officer and has accountability for a platoon of 30 soldiers, he kindly filmed this for us whilst in the Middle East.  

Cal Cooke

Old Fettesian, 2009-2017

Cal is in his fourth and final year at the University of York studying a Masters in Environmental Geography.  He provides real insight into how to choose a course and how to choose a University, he also provides an excellent overview as to the range of academic geography courses that can be studied as an undergraduate.  Cal shares practical thoughts on the journey to University – preparing for final school exams, the UCAS application process, ways to get work experience whilst at school and the benefits of it to your personal statement.  Cal talks about  the transition to University from school, teaching expectations and independent study.  He provides advice on the steps to take to prepare yourself for independent living, like learning to cook!

Alex Egerton-King

Old Fettesian, 2010-2015

Alex took a GAP year straight after Fettes, he was meant to be playing Rugby in South Africa for 6 months but due to injury worked in Edinburgh instead, in retail, in catering and hockey coaching across schools in Edinburgh.  He then worked his way across South America for 6 months through Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru and Bolivia.  He went to Loughborough University to study Geography, he thoroughly enjoyed the campus life and made the most of the huge amount of sports and activities on offer.  He was on multiple committees and used his involvement to develop people and time management skills. Alex’s course included a year in industry, where he worked in a technology company.  He talks about the application process for industrial placements and the application process for graduate jobs.  Alex has graduated and is now working in technology.  He has pursued an application for the Royal Marines, but chose not to progress with it, instead he has begun an application to the Army to go to Sandhurst, this is a long process.  Currently Alex is happy in technology and waits to see what his future opportunities are. 

Michael Tansini

Old Fettesian, 2001-2009

Michael went to the University of York to study English Literature which he followed with a Masters in Medieval Literature.  In this video Michael talks about campus life at York and about the societies that he was involved in, including swimming for the University National Championships. Michael also worked on the University Newspaper which enabled him to gain work experience writing for the Financial Times.  Utilising his curiosity Michael realised that technology was becoming the enabler for the world, after university he chose to apply to the Civil Service IT and Technology Fast Stream to utilise his intelligence and to take the opportunity to gain technological insight and expertise.  He has since developed his career across the IT sector moving on to work in Aviation and Financial Services.  Michael is now a Product Manager in Artificial Intelligence specialising in speech to text transcription working with products such as the AI behind the captions for Match of the Day.  Michael provides further advice on how to shine in application processes and to benefit from rejection.  In every case you need to be interested and to keep on learning!

Cara McKenna

Old Fettesian, 2014-2018

Cara is studying Business Management at the University of Lancaster with a year in industry.  She shares her thoughts on the highly competitive application and assessment procedures to gain her placement as the Trade Marketing Intern at Warner Brothers.  She is based in London and has lots of responsibility, despite challenges faced with remote working and with changes to her work environment she is making the most of opportunities to learn from colleagues, and to shadow work calls. Cara is very open about her transition to University, she found it very hard and gives advice on the resilience required to stick with your studies when you consider quitting.  She talks about finding friendships, her course and University societies, she plays Netball and Hockey for the University and is in the fashion society.  Cara is now very happy at Lancaster and excited about her future

Alfie Jeavons- Fellows

Old Fettesian, 2014-2016

Alfie applied through UCAS to study History despite getting offers for all of his choices he made the decision not to go to University.  Instead he formed a band with his brother.  The boys had great success and performed with famous acts like Craig David, Tinie Tempah and Example.  Alongside running a music business Alfie worked in catering, on building sites and with Marquee companies, through this work experience he realised that he liked working with people and wanted to develop himself more.  He decided on a career in Management Consultancy and in 2019 applied to various Apprenticeship schemes.  Alfie talks about the application process and how happy he is now working at PwC on their Management Consultancy Apprenticeship Scheme in London, he is learning and developing his skills through various 6 month job rotations.  He has the chance to choose the direction of his career within the firm and is finding it very rewarding and exciting. 

As you make the important next steps in your career journey we hope you have found Careers Day 2021 helpful
If you have yet to view Careers Day Part 1 click the link below. 

Careers Day PArt 1