Would you, one of your colleagues, friends or family members be willing to deliver a working lunch? This can be within any employment sector. We are aiming to enable our students to meet professionals to inspire them so they can make the right decision when it comes to their own career path.
What are Working Lunches?
Working lunches are a chance to meet some of our students and discuss with them about your own experiences and dealings within the working world after leaving school. The event is informal in nature. The aim of the Working Lunches is to give our students some ideas and knowledge about their options and future after they leave the school, and even get the chance to start to build connections to help them later on.
What might be discussed?
The topics covered could be wide ranging, but primarily working lunches will focus on your own background in terms of education and career experiences – how that has enabled you to get to the position you are in now, as well as any advice you can give to students who aspire to follow the same or a similar career pathway.
When and where do they take place?
Working lunches are held during term time. They last for half an hour during lunch time, between 1.15pm and 1.45pm. The events are advertised to students within school and also targeted at those who have already expressed interest in the sector.
How can you get in touch?
If you would like more information or you would like to volunteer to deliver a Working Lunch, we would love to hear from you!
So far this academic year we have welcomed…
- Dr Katherine Deane, who is a Senior Lecturer in Research at the School of Health Sciences, UEA. Dr Deane trained as a biologist and conducted laboratory research in immunology. After developing a movement disorder, Dr Deane then moved her career into clinical research particularly in Parkinson’s disease using systematic reviews and surveys. Dr Deane conducts research to investigate the skills needed by healthcare professionals and patients to effectively manage long term conditions in adults.
- Kate McNamara, a Patent Attorney. Kate is a graduate in Biology from University of York, has a PHd in Neuropharmacology from the University of Oxford and is Patent Attorney.
- Sophie Fulford, CEO of Winsor Bishop Jewellers. Sophie is the CEO of Winsor Bishop Ltd, one of East Anglia’s foremost luxury jewellers, Windsor Bishop. Under Sophie’s leadership the business has both modernised and diversified. Sophie holds a degree in Psychology from Newcastle University and a Diploma in Business Management and Law. Before working for Windsor Bishop, Sophie was the International Marketing Manager for Hamptons International, Brand Manager for BriteSmile and Business Development Mnaager for TMP Worldwide UK. In 2014 Sophie was awarded Director of the Year by the Eastern Daily Press.
- Maria Marsh from Price Bailey Chartered Accountants. Maria is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Mathematics from University of East Anglia – she is currently working as the Norwich Manager for Price Bailey Chartered Accountants. Maria specialises in audit, accounts and tax compliance dealing with a broad range of sectors, combining her mathematically driven technical abilities with the diverse corporate knowledge she has developed throughout her career. Maria works with her clients to help them to achieve their goals.
- Kaitlin Ferguson, Professional Artist. Kaitlin is a professional Artist based in Norwich. Since graduating from Norwich University of the Arts in 2011 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, Kaitlin has carved her career through exhibiting and honing her own Fine Art practice where she works with a wide variety of materials. She has also built up extensive experience sharing her passion for the Arts by creating a variety of learning opportunities for many nationally recognised institutions and a number of individual schools and colleges.
- Rachael Hutchinson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Hospital Norwich. Rachael is an experience Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in adult foot and ankle surgery and paediatric orthopaedics. Rachael has completed research in areas relatng to foot pressure studies and gait analysis (walking patterns) for children’s foot disorders, being awarded a post-graduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 2005 for this work. Our students throughout enjoyed meeting Rachael and finding out more about her interesting career path.
Upcoming Working Lunches
To find out about upcoming working lunches, please keep an eye out for posters around the academy or follow our tweets from @CareersVictory!
In the previous years we have also welcomed…
- Sam Lee who runs a couple of companies, the first, Sam Lee & Associates, involves the design and development of competency-based training for the aviation maintenance industry (primarily for aircraft mechanics and engineers) and the second company, Integra Aerospace is a start-up developing a software-based product for aircraft engineers.
- A Police Officer employed for 7 years by Norfolk Police. Students had the chance to find out how her application progressed through the recruitment stages, what the training programme was like, how it felt to wear the uniform for the first time through to the development opportunities following student training.
- Donovan Blake who is a Sports Correspondent for ITV Anglia. After finishing his Sports degree at the Sheffield Hallam University, Donovan started his career in journalism for a local news agency. Donovan progressed from the agency to work as a sports reporter at SGR Radio in Ipswich ahead of resuming his career at ITV Anglia.
- Dr Hena Shah who is a GP doctor currently working in a local practice. She graduated in 2009 from Kings College London School of Medicine and has worked as a junior doctor in hospitals around Norfolk. Dr Shah has been on the interview panel for medical school admissions in London and is involved in teaching medical students from the University of East Anglia.
- Greg Collins who has worked in the IT Industry for 18 years in many different jobs from Desktop Support to IT Security Analyst. Mr Collins is the European Service Delivery Manager for Mimecast. He is responsible for all the technical support for clients in Europe, covering 13,000 clients and around 3.5 million users. Mimecast covers everything from how to use Mimecast, email security, viruses and hacking exploits.