Careers Fair
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Monday 4th March 2024 | 6-8pm

Highgate Junior School Hall, N6 4PL

Welcome! This page will give you an overview of the Careers Fair and help you to make the most of the evening. The core aim of the Fair is for pupils (in yy11-13) from Highgate, London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham (LAET) and our Chrysalis Partner schools to hear directly from different industry professionals and learn more about the opportunities available. Most of the delegates are connected to Highgate in some way (e.g. parent/former pupil) and are keen to share their knowledge, expertise and experiences with you so do use the evening as an opportunity to explore different pathways.

Year 12 and 13 pupils are also encouraged to attend the Higher Education fair being held at the same time (between 6-8pm) at the Mallison Sports Centre – just opposite the road from the Careers Fair. 

What to do now

It’s impossible to invite in representatives from every career background/sector and we’ve tried to include a wide variety. To ease navigation, we’ve categorised the delegates into industry areas based on their current roles; however, you’ll quickly see that people fall into multiple categories and might have had very different roles in previous organisations (such as start-ups).  In other words: read the profiles carefully rather than simply deciding who to speak to based solely on the sector overview. The pathways that people take after leaving school vary greatly: some delegates will have gone straight into Higher Education (e.g. University or specialist Art colleges); some will have gone straight into work; some will have completed Degree Apprenticeships; others will have done a mixture of both, and some will have made use of opportunities such as working and travelling on a Gap Year.

 

During the Fair

  • Delegates will be spread out across the hall so find out where the delegates, that you would like to speak to, are located. NB: There may be unavoidable changes on the day so check on arrival for any amendments.
  • Try and speak to at least 4 or 5 delegates (if not more); remember that ‘exploring’ and ‘being curious’ are useful watchwords to bear in mind. As well as speaking to people and organisations that you already have an interest in, speak to people who work in areas that you know little or nothing about. Moving out of your comfort zone; talking to strangers might seem hard at first but you will quickly discover that you will learn a great deal and it’ll help you to take away more from the event.
  • Go up to the delegate (either by yourself or with your parent/friend). To avoid queuing and waiting time, we encourage you to join and listen to the delegate if they’re already talking to another pupil/a small group. It saves them repeating the same details again as your questions may well be very similar! If the delegate isn’t talking to someone already, introduce yourself and talk to them. You’re likely to spend about 5 minutes with each delegate and the length of time that you will need will depend upon how much you want to know and whether or not there are lots of other people waiting.
  • Make a positive impression and try to ask questions about their career based on the information that you have seen in this guide. Think carefully about the questions you are asking e.g. “What do you do?” doesn’t show that you have done any preparation beforehand and demonstrates a limited level of interest. i.e. Try to use the delegate profiles carefully to make the most of the time.
  • Don’t be nervous! The delegates have volunteered to be there, and they want to tell you all about their career and pass on advice to you.
  • Keep an open mind and don’t be too swift in making judgements about a career based on a single conversation that you have with a delegate.

Please note that, for Safeguarding purposes, the delegates will not be sharing any direct contact details with you so please do not ask for these. Also, please do not look to connect with them via social media (i.e. LinkedIn/Facebook) during or after the fair and you must not share any of your personal details (CV, phone number or email address) with the delegates. Please send any follow up queries to Ms Jaspal via careers@highgateschool.org.uk

The Delegates

Many delegates have worked in multiple different area so remember that you can talk to different delegates about their previous roles (as well as their current roles). Whilst we have tried to include a wide variety of industries, we have also balanced this by inviting in multiple representatives from some of the same industry areas based on the popularity of these areas last year and pupil feedback following events like the Highgate Year 10 Employability Day. We hope that inviting multiple delegates from these areas will help us to minimise the time that you’ll need to spend waiting and allow you time during the evening to speak to people from many different areas.

The following pages contain the profiles of those delegates who have confirmed that they will attend the Fair. Please read these carefully as they will help you to get an idea of their background and the type of questions that you might want to ask. During the Employability Day, pupils also explored “Green Careers” and reflected on the fact that Sustainability does and will continue to play a key role in the workplace. Each delegate has also shared their “Green reflection” or a reflection about their personal careers journey in their profile.

How to find a delegate at the Fair?

To locate a delegate at the fair, please refer to their table number. There may be unavoidable changes to those listed here and any amendments will be highlighted on arrival.

Name

Surname

Sector

Job title

Subject background

1CosMingidesAdvertisingFounding PartnerMusic Industry Management & Marketing
2AlexPryceAdvertisingBusiness DirectorBusiness Studies
3AnitaManganArts and PublishingGraphic Designer & IllustratorArt Foundation; Business; Graphic Design & Illustration
4EshanMalhanAsset ManagementVice PresidentNatural Sciences
5AbhinavDayalBankingProduct ManagerEngineering
6JamesPeachBiotechnology & GenomicsCEOClassics & Modern Languages
7CarinaKamelBroadcast JournalismSenior Correspondent & PresenterMedia & Communications
8ColetteMarshallCharityChief ExecutiveChemistry
9HarryHatchwellClimate TechnologyStrategy & Investment DirectorAccounting, Finance & Management
10ArtiMohindraConsultancyHR Strategy ConsultantEnglish Language & Literature
11AvniBhudiaConsultancyAssociate ConsultantCyber Security
12JonathanPortnerDentistryRetired DentistDental Surgery
13IanPlummerDigital, Media and TechnologyCommercial DirectorEconomics & Politics
14DillanNichollsFilm and Television (Visual Effects)Visual Effects Supervisor & Head of 2DFilm and Literature
15MandyChangFilm and Television ProductionFounder & Creative DirectorCommunications majoring in Film, Television & Radio; Literature & Journalism
16NealCallowFilm (Production Design)Production DesignerGraphic Design
17JessePortnerFinancePrivate Equity, Investment DirectorSpanish & Chinese
18PeterAntolikFinancePartner / COOMathematics
19MichelleCookHeritageVolunteer Manager, Kenwood House (English Heritage)English Literature & History; Museum Studies
20ShababDittaInvestment BankingManaging DirectorRestructuring and insolvency Law
21TamaraOppenheimer KCLaw (Barrister)BarristerPhilosophy, Politics & Economics; Law
22NigelPriceLegal (Patent Attorney)Patent AttorneyEngineering
23DanielBayfield KCLaw (Barrister)BarristerLaw
24SatbirSingh ChoudryLawPartner, Head of Dispute ResolutionAncient History
25MagdalenaDuffellLegal TechnologySenior ConsultantCrime Scene - Forensics
26IvaGotovacMarketingGlobal Head of MarketingEnglish & Italian Language & Literature; European Studies
27SheenaMankodiMedicine (Gastroenterology)Consultant GastroenterologistMedicine
28SaraGhorashianMedicineConsultant in paediatric haematologyMedicine
29NicholasGrasslyMedical ResearchProfessorBiology; Evolution & genetics
30JohnAddisonPerforming ArtsActor and SingerMusic
31IanMacGregorPerforming ArtsMusical DirectorMathematics (with choral scholar)
32JamieTurnerPublic Sector/Civil Service/United NationsSenior Civil ServantPolitics; Law; Human Rights
33MayChiaoScientific publishingChief EditorPhysics
34JinaSwartzScientific Research (Neuroscience)Chief Medical OfficerMedicine, with a specialist degree in Neurology and a PhD in Molecular Neurogenetics
35AlexaChambersScience and Engineering (Civil Service)Science and Engineering Fast StreamEngineering Science
36TimRobertsSoftware (Health and Fitness)Software DeveloperChemical Engineering
37TheoAbramsonSport and Exercise PsychologistSport and ExercisePsychology
38HarryTyndallTech / ResearchGlobal Head of MarketingMedia & Production
39GeorgeProsserVideo GamesSenior EngineerComputer Science
40RubyAndersonVisual ArtsCommunications CoordinatorHistory of Art

Further information and useful links

There are lots of great resources and further support available to you, via the Careers services at your schools. For Highgate pupils, more information about these can be found on the Careers and Employability pages on Hero and/or by contacting Ms Jaspal.

In addition, the websites listed below are recommended pages that offer comprehensive information and insight into a vast range of opportunities. You might find it useful to explore these in advance of the Fair so that you can ask the delegates specific questions based on what you have found out. Don’t forget that these are great sites to also look at, after the Fair, to find out up-to-date information about different careers:

  • Prospects is a good online resource for exploring the full scope of everything that is available and it contains useful blogs and information about hundreds of different paths.
  • PATHWAY CTM connects pupils to many of the UK’s top employers by hosting regular insight events such as talks and work experience opportunities
  • SPRINGPOD have been hosting virtual work experience during the school holidays since the pandemic started with new opportunities added all the time in a wide range of sectors. Highgate pupils can also find details on how to access Springpod’s “Sector Insights” section on the Careers and Employability section on Hero.
  • The National Careers Service has resources to include details of 800 different types of jobs alongside market information like salaries and future prospects. Under each sector, you can also find out about live opportunities and pathways such as degree apprenticeships.
  • Target Careers also provide some useful profiles and guidance on the differences between various pathways and sectors.

While all efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information here, last minute changes to delegates attending are very likely to occur. If you have any comments, feedback or thoughts following your attendance at the Fair, do get in touch at careers@highgateschool.org.uk. Please do also keep an eye out for Careers events and talks held throughout the year.

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