Careers panel event puts the spotlight on wellbeing, personal development and charitable sectors

Careers panel event puts the spotlight on wellbeing, personal development and charitable sectors

10 November 2022

Mr Rob Philbin, Careers Advisor

On Tuesday 8 November, students and parents from Year 9 and up spent a fascinating hour hearing from guests leading successful careers within charitable organisations and the wellbeing and personal development sector.

Our online panel comprised Woldingham parent Tanja Gullestrup, HR Director of award-winning clean tech company Pacific Green Technologies and founder of The Giving Tree Foundation; Emma Daly (Class of 1983), Head of the Collaboratory at Human Rights Watch;  Chinelo Agom-Eze (Class of 2008), an experienced legal practitioner working in non-profit programming across England and Nigeria; Issie Cobb (Class of 2010) who works for Action Against Hunger in the occupied Palestinian territory; Amanda Riley (Class of 1989), the owner of ART of Healing; and co-founder of coaching consultancy Curious Leaders, Margaret O’Keeffe.

Our speakers discussed the emotional richness of working in a charitable setting, while others spoke about the significance of working with human rights agencies across the world. It was a privilege for us to host our speakers, who are following such impactful and rewarding career paths, and we are very grateful to them for sharing their insights and experience.  Any students who couldn’t join the session live can watch a recording in the higher education and careers area on Teams.

Our career panel programme aims to give students as much opportunity as possible to explore and consider their future career options. Woldingham is very fortunate to have a wonderful network of parents and alumnae willing to offer their expertise in a wide range of fields and we are already looking forward to the next panel event, which will focus on media and film.

I host a weekly discussion group, Project Horizon, where students tune into live webinars featuring experts and university admission officers, who offer relevant advice in their field. This term, our webinars have included medicine and sustainability. By building connections between those currently pursuing careers and our Woldingham students, our aim is for students to be well equipped to make informed and exciting decisions about their careers and how to get there.

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