Kate Riley

Alumni Kate RileyI am at Newcastle college on the art and design foundation course, specialising in Fine Art.

My main piece of advice is DO WHAT YOU ENJOY!! And then work hard at it.

Emma Hare

I am working for Ernst & Young LLP as a trainee auditor.

I started working for Ernst & Young in their Aberdeen office as a Trainee Associate in 2012, entering straight in from school with only my A Levels. I embarked on a five year School Leaver Programme.

My advice: There is more than one route to any one destination.

Tom Purvis

Alumni Tom PurvisI am Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic.

My advice would be to stick in and get the grades; then find a job doing something you love – that way you’ll never “work” a day in your life.

Alan Davison

Alumni Alan DavisonI retired in 2003 as Professor of Environmental Biology at Newcastle University but I continue to work as a consultant and I research local (Morpeth) history.

Advice to my 16 year old self: When I was 16 I was most interested in biology but I had no idea if I could make it a career. By keeping my options open until I was in University and grabbing opportunities as they arose I gradually realised what an enormous range of options there are. So, my advice would be to work hard trying to find out what jobs there are in the subjects that interest you and go for them and don’t give up!

Lauren Walden

I am volunteering in Museums and Galleries and hold an offer for an MA in Museum Studies for next year.

My advice: Get as much experience as possible (without it is difficult to get on a Masters) and be focussed. Do a masters otherwise career advancement is much more difficult.

Megandeep Dhillon

Alumni Megandeep DhillonAfter leaving VI Form I took a gap year and was working with my dad in his business and learning the ropes of how different businesses work. After understanding this I have now opened up my own business!

I am currently the owner/manager of Ifry fish and chip shop in Stobhill, Morpeth.

The advice I would give would be to take time and to really be sure about what you want to do, and not to rush into any decisions. If you are not sure, if you can’t decide then take a gap year. Try and get experience in what you want to do and see if it’s the right thing for you!

Adam Vaughan

I’ve lived and worked in France and Ireland, but am now back living and working in Newcastle as an architect for Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall Ltd.

My advice: Don’t rush into things! Take time to travel, and consider a gap year before Uni. I worked for a year in the industry before starting Uni and it gave me a great grounding for my studies.

Corrie Bewlay

I’m currently working at the moment, I’m an apprentice at Team Valley, and was able to spend a year at Warwickshire College near Birmingham doing a BTEC with the company, who also sponsored me and paid me whilst I did it!

The main advice I would give my 16 year old self is just don’t give up the motivation because good things come to those who work for it, and I don’t just mean academically!

Rachel Sellers

I studied the BTEC GNVQ in Advanced Business at KEVI (One of the best decisions I ever made and far more practical than my University degree). I then went to Manchester Metropolitan University to study Business Studies, selecting marketing modules. I did OK academically but enjoyed the city more than the course!

I moved back to the NE and have worked for 3 regional businesses in senior marketing roles. I currently work for a fantastic employer and have opportunities and earnings that you would ordinarily have to go to London for. I love my job and feel extremely fortunate to be in the position I am, working for great people. Life’s too short, work somewhere awesome!

Advice to 16 year old self Focus on what you enjoy and what makes you happy!

Kate Charlton

I am currently working for a company called Barrington James as a Key Accounts Consultant. I hope to be promoted to a full Consultant within 6 months

I am a Key Accounts Consultant – I basically work to recruit people in the Pharmaceutical Industry (matching people to jobs)

I have had a number of interviews now and I truly believe I am so relaxed in all of them because of Student Voice – we have done so many radio/TV/Film interviews for various projects that the pressure is normal and I can think on my feet.