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Old Citizens talk to pupils about career pathways in Arts and Humanities

Monday, 07 March 2022

Our Future Guidance team was delighted to welcome six Old Citizens, from the Classes of 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014 and 2015, to a careers panel event last week, to give their insights into the question: “Where can the Arts and Humanities take me”?.

Pupils from Year 10 to Sixth Form enjoyed fascinating talks from the panel, all of whom had studied Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at university. It was inspiring for our pupils to hear where their interests in Modern Languages, English, Classics and History could take them.

The panel spoke about their career journeys so far and described how the skills they developed during their studies have helped them in their professional lives. Naturally, communication skills featured strongly, but the panelists cited critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills, all of which are viewed as important skills of the future by the World Economic Forum. The linguists on the panel were particularly enthusiastic about how they have put their languages to excellent use in the workplace, to the envy of some of their colleagues who now wished they had studied languages for longer in school!

It is acknowledged by employers that arts-based subjects provide graduates with a range of highly valuable and transferable skills. A 2020 report by the British Academy found that “graduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences are just as employable as their counterparts in STEM subjects, fuel some of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK and enjoy rewarding careers in a wide range of sectors.” The panel were evidence of these findings, with careers as diverse as Management Accountant at Apple, to Policy Adviser with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The key message of the evening was that pupils should feel confident to follow their own interests in the knowledge that they can apply their skills broadly across a diverse range of career options.

We are very grateful to them for joining us in School and inspiring our pupils.

The key message was that pupils should feel confident to follow their own interests.
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