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Helen Jones

Helen Jones

When did you leave KC and what subjects did you study? I left KC in 2004 with A-levels in Chemistry, History and Biology and an AS in Mathematics.

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? After KC I worked in a hospital in South India for 3 months as I wasn't really sure that I wanted to study medicine and I thought it would be better to waste 3 months than 5 years! After that I went to King's College London and studied medicine; I intercalated half way through in order to do a BSc in Anatomy and Human Sciences.

What do you do now? Normally I work as a doctor in hospital medicine, dealing with acutely unwell patients. A few years ago I saw the British Antarctic Survey were advertising medical posts working on their Antarctic research stations. I applied as soon as I was senior enough and happily I got the job! I'm currently working aboard the RSS James Clark Ross as she resupplies the research stations of Antarctica and performs marine research out at sea!

What inspired you to take this path? I've always been fascinated by travel and exploration. The idea of going to Antarctica always seemed like a bit of a crazy dream, the sort of thing that other, unreal people do. Shackletons and Scotts go to Antarctica, not Kent school girls. I saw this job advertised and something clicked in my head. I thought "I can do that." This has been a massive awakening; I've suddenly appreciated that doors open when you don't underestimate what you're capable of.


Selina Siak Chin Yoke

Selina Siak Chin Yoke

When did you leave KC? July 1981

What subjects did you study at A Level? Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics

What do you do now? After a stint as a theoretical physicist, I spent 18 years in the financial industry. I now split my time between trading for my own account, using a proprietary quantitative model, and writing

What inspired you to take this path? I began writing while recovering from chemotherapy in 2010. Writing saved my life. I remembered a dream I’ve had of writing a novel based loosely on my great-grandmother’s life. The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds is the result. It took me 2 years to write, another year to find an agent, who spent nearly 2 years seeking a publisher. My book was chosen by Amazon’s editors as one of 6 selections on the Kindle First programme this month and the response to date has overwhelmed me. Many readers have written to tell me how deeply my writing has touched them. Their comments make the years of toil worthwhile.

To read Selina's debut novel: The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds please visit www.waterstones.com/…/t…/selina-siak-chin-yoke/9781503939349.


Catherine Allan

Catherine Allan

When did you leave KC?  I left KC in 2014

What subjects did you study at A Level?  I studied Biology, Theatre Studies and Philosophy and Ethics.

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I went straight to Oxford Brookes University. 

What do you do now?  I am now in my third and final year of Children's Nursing Bsc Honors degree and will be a registered children's nurse in 11 months!!!

What inspired you to take this path? I was inspired to undergo this course due to my work experience. I spent a substantial amount of time with many different educational and healthcare professionals, and enjoyed my days with the paediatric nurse by far the most. I loved the idea of being that face of reassurance for children and their families when they are at their most vulnerable. I also love the fact that I can make a real difference to someone's hospital admission, by giving them holistic and individualised care.


Emma Phippen

Emma Phippen

When did you leave KC? I was at KC from 2000 until 2007 and absolutely loved my time at the school; I was very sad to leave such a warm and caring community at the end of U6. I found the school to be an incredibly supportive environment in which every individual was allowed to be themselves while also being supported to reach their full potential. The small and intimate nature of KC also allowed for the development of very strong and meaningful friendships and meant that staff were able to dedicate an incredible amount of time and energy to students who needed it. This is reflected in the fact that even nine years after leaving KC many of my closest friends are still those I met at school, and in the fact that two of my teachers attended my wedding in 2012.    

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? When I left Kent College I went to St John's College, Cambridge, where I read Geography. I had the most magical time in Cambridge and am quite sure that I would not have had the confidence or skills necessary to gain my place had it not been for the encouragement and inspiration I received from some of my teachers at KC. After graduating from Cambridge I took my National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exams and spent two years as the Health Reporter for Mail Online, which is the most visited English-language newspaper website in the world.

What do you do now? I now work in the Press Team at the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan where my role involves securing as much positive national media coverage of the charity and the need for stem cell donors as possible.

What inspired you to take this path? Having always enjoyed English at school, I wanted to go into journalism from an early age. Kent College offered me a lot of opportunities to start building a portfolio; I was heavily involved in the school magazine throughout my time at the school and did work experience on the Kent Messenger in Year 11. Having demonstrated my interest in journalism so early on was invaluable for securing a role working on Cambridge University Television while I was there and for gaining my place on the NCTJ course which is where I gained the necessary qualifications to get my first formal journalism job.

 

 


Victoria Lee

Victoria Lee

When did you leave KC? I left in 2000 after completing my A Levels. I started at KC in the Reception year at the old Aultmore in Tunbridge Wells.

What subjects did you study at A Level? I studied English Literature, Theatre Studies and Classical Civilisation

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I went straight to the University of Bristol to study Law (LLB).

What do you do now? I am now a solicitor specialising in High Net Worth private client matters; usually Wills, trusts, tax planning, asset protection, Lasting Powers of Attorneys and estate administration.

What inspired you to take this path? I was interested in the law from an early age, as my father was an expert witness and had plenty of exciting war stories. The law degree was very hard work and I was unsure for a while whether I wanted to pursue a career as a solicitor. Upon completion of the degree I spend some time in London working in several law firms and far preferred the practice of law over the theory we were taught at university. I took a risk and signed up to the Legal Practice Course (a mandatory course to complete prior to starting training) and thankfully enjoyed it immensely, and excelled. I started my training contract at a small City firm, I had four ‘seats’ in four different departments and immediately felt at home advising individuals on their personal wealth and family concerns, rather than advising corporations on business interests. I therefore decided to qualify into the Wealth Planning Department in 2008 in order to advise individuals on their onshore and offshore asset concerns. I moved up to Leicestershire in 2012 when I had my daughter, and have since settled into a great firm dealing with my own client base, which allows me to easily juggle being a mother and a solicitor.


Elizabeth White

Elizabeth White

 

When did you leave KC? July 2010

What subjects did you study at A Level? English, History and Spanish as well as French AS level and English Literature Advanced Extension Award.

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I took a gap year and then went to the University of Leeds to study English Literature.

What do you do now? I am currently the Editorial Assistant / PA to the Managing Editor at British Vogue. 

What inspired you to take this path? I have always been interested in magazine journalism and participated in various societies at university which allowed me to write reviews, edit and generate ideas for publication. I subsequently worked at the Press Association and also undertook an internship at the BBC which confirmed my desire to work within the media industry. Finishing university I felt daunted by the prospect of working in such a competitive trade but then fell into this job whilst temping for other Conde Nast departments - now I can't imagine working anywhere else! My role is very varied as I assist the Managing Editor, manage the general office, work on events - both on a small and large scale, and work closely with other departments. This flexibility means that I still have many career pathways left open to me and whilst I refine my career ambitions I am learning all the time from the dynamic and meticulously brilliant team that work here. 


Aimee Eckert

Aimee Eckert

When did you leave KC? July 2009.

What subjects did you study at A Level?  I studied AS-level Physics and A-level Biology, Chemistry & Spanish

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? After I left KC I did a BSc degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Bath, which included a paid placement year in an industry laboratory in Cambridge. I then did a MRes degree in Cancer Biology at Imperial College London.

What do you do now? At the moment I am doing a PhD at the University of Sussex which I started in October 2014 - this is a paid position in which you train to become a research scientist. My project focuses on the role of mitosis (cell division) in cancer cells.

What inspired you to take this path? I was inspired to take this path when I started the first year of A-level biology when we began to learn more about cells. I found learning about the smallest units of our bodies fascinating, and this was mostly due to the fantastic teaching I received from my biology and chemistry teachers Mr Watson, Mr Bullough & Mr Nash. The positive, encouraging environment at KC helped me believe that I could study science at degree level and become a scientist.

 


Harriet McDowell

Harriet McDowell

When did you leave KC? July 2009.

What subjects did you study at A Level?  English, History, Geography, RE, AEA English.

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I went to Cambridge to do my first degree in anthropology, specialising in medical anthropology. I then spent a year in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, where I did an internship with UNICEF.

What do you do now? I'm re-training as a midwife with a special interest in caring for refugee and asylum seeking women. I've had the chance to work in hospitals in Cambodia and Malawi, as well as presenting at various conferences in Canada and Europe.

What inspired you to take this path? Global maternal and neonatal health is such an important and inspiring field to be in. Working with women who have come from really difficult, often traumatising, circumstances is tough but so rewarding. Caring for them in pregnancy and catching their babies is such a privilege and it's a chance to make a real difference to women and their families. With conflicts across the Middle East and Africa, there are more and more displaced people, and women are having their babies in refugee camps across those areas or whilst still fleeing their homelands. Being able to provide them with skilled, compassionate care is really important. Being a midwife as well as having a background in anthropology means I can be involved in so many aspects of their life, not just the pregnancy itself. Ive also had trauma training, mental health training, and counselling training, so can use all that to try and help in a little way and offer guidance and solace under really sad circumstances.


Alice Pusey

Alice Pusey

When did you leave KC? July 2012

What subjects did you study at A Level? Music, Classics and Product Design: Textiles

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? Cardiff University

What do you do now? I am studying for an MA in Music at Cardiff University

What inspired you to take this path? I had a tricky time trying to decide which courses to apply for at university but when I was in the Lower Sixth I played Frasquita in KC's production of Carmen (2011). This made me realise that what I really wanted to do was sing. I knew that I couldn't choose anything but a music degree to do over the following three years. I decided to find a university which had lots of performance on the course with other modules that I liked too and I loved my time as an undergraduate! This year I decided to stay at Cardiff to take an MA in performance which means that I can continue focus on my vocal training.


Anna Nicholson

Anna Nicholson

When did you leave KC? July 2002

What subjects did you study at A Level? English Literature, History, French and Geography

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? University of York (BA History) and the London School of Economics (MA History of International Relations)

What do you do now? Head of Marketing and Business Development (UK, Middle East, Nordics, Spain and Turkey) at Bain & Company (one of the top three international strategy consulting firms)

What inspired you to take this path? I loved humanities at school as we all as at university, where I read History and International Relations. In particular, I enjoyed the challenge of writing and presenting complex arguments in a succinct way and trying to pursuade my audience to change their opinions. That’s what led me to marketing – it’s all about finding ways to influence people’s behaviour through compelling and thoughtful communication. Right now, it’s an especially exciting place to be given all the digital and social media trends that are revolutionsing the way companies can both access and influence their customers.

In terms of the industry, I knew I wanted to work for a big international firm that would give me the chance to work with a variety of people and to learn lots. Bain has given my rigorous business skills training, and has meant that I’m surrounded by really bright people in a very paced and ever-challenging environrment.


Rebecca Newman

Rebecca Newman

When did you leave KC? July, 2007

What subjects did you study at A Level?Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths 

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I went straight to the University of Bath to do a BSc in Biology. I also took a year out of my degree to work at a company in their Research and Development department, making products used for people to culture cell lines in. After my degree I started my PhD at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.

What do you do now? I have just finished a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge where I have been studying the development of the immune system. I am staying in the lab where I did my PhD to finish of my project before starting work as a Postdoctoral research scientist (Postdoc) in Immunology at the Francis Crick Institute in London at the beginning of 2016.

What inspired you to take this path? I always enjoyed science at school, in particular Biology, and I became increasingly interested in how cells function, regulate their growth and develop at University. I took a year out of my studies at Bath to work in a lab, and this was the point where I knew how much I enjoyed lab work, and the logical and critical thinking that comes with being a scientist. This really pushed me to undertake my PhD, and I have been very lucky to work for 4 years in a lab where I have developed into an Immunologist. The intellectual freedom and flexibility that comes with working in academia is relatively unparalleled in other careers, so at least for the time being, I can’t see myself doing anything else.


Queenie Tse

Queenie Tse

When did you leave KC? July 2012

What subjects did you study at A Level? I studied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Chinese at A Level.  

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form?  I went to Imperial College London to study Civil Engineering.

What do you do now? I am currently in my final year of my MEng degree. I would like to work in an engineering consultancy in London after I graduate, and be involved in the design of infrastructures all over the world.

What inspired you to take this path? I've always enjoyed problem solving and mathematics, and loved architecture as well. I like applying what I know to real-life problems and to find optimal solutions. Throughout my degree, I've learnt that a lot of the skills you gain in engineering are transferable. I highly recommend doing it as a degree, it's tough but highly rewarding. We need more female engineers!


Jess Reynolds

Jess Reynolds

What subjects did you study at A Level? I studied Geography, English Literature and Theatre Studies as well as AS Biology.

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I went to Aberystwyth University to study Geography.

What do you do now? After university, I took a gap year and then started my teacher training (PGCE) at the University of Sussex. I'm now working at Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge as a Geography and Leisure and Tourism teacher.  I've also started a part-time Masters in Education using the credits I received from the PGCE course.

What inspired you to take this path?  I absolutely loved school and I guess you could say I was inspired by the teachers that I had at KC. I believe my positive experience at school has helped to shape my vision of education with the idea that it is not just about academics, but becoming an all-rounded individual. I learnt the value of extra-curricular activities such as being involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's award, sports teams and theatre productions at Kent College, to name but a few. Even now, I'm passing on the knowledge of the legendary Mrs. Hambleton with 'the air rises, cools, condenses...!' I have always loved interacting with people and I have seen the difference that teachers can make. I also enjoy the fact that no two days are the same. I know some people believe it's just being able to stand up in front of a class, but it's so much more that. For me, there is no job more rewarding.


Georgia Lucy

Georgia Lucy

When did you leave KC? July 2014

What subjects did you study at A Level? Biology, Psychology, PE

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? University of Bath

What do you study now? BSci Sport and Exercise Science, with 1 year professional placement

What inspired you to take this path? I have always been a keen sportsperson and involved in coaching, which inspired my choice of A Levels. I was interested in developing my knowledge from school in sports (something I enjoy) and science (an interest) and applying it for ‘real-life’ settings to analyse and develop teams and individual athletes.

My current degree coincides with this; the 4 main disciplines covered as Human and Exercise Physiology, Human Biomechanics, Sports Psychology and Performance Analysis.


Megan Phelps

Megan Phelps

When did you leave KC? July 2008

What subjets did you study at A Level? English, History, Music and Theatre Studies

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? University of Sussex to study English Literature, followed by the Civil Service HR Fast Stream in 2011.

What do you do now? I work as an HR Business Partner at the Cabinet Office, currently in No.10, the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretatiat (who run Cabinet Committees and the Implementation Taskforces) and Cabinet Office Communications (including No.10 press office, the spokesperson to the PM team and external marketing campaigns)

What insipired you to take this path? I have always been passionate and fascinated by people, how they individually work, what motivates them and how people operate together. I have a particular interest in how to build effective teams. I am also incredibly passionate about delivering effective and value for money public services and working for an organisation that is delivering such amazing things, so a career in HR in the Civil Service seemed like a perfect oppurtunity. I am now right at the heart of the Government working with some of the most influential and senior stakeholders working with the Prime Minister, what could be more exciting. During my time on the Civil Service HR Fast Stream, I worked at the Home Office and DWP.


Natasha Haftke

Natasha Haftke

When did you leave KC? July 2015

What subjects did you study at A Level? English Literature, Latin and Ancient Greek

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? University of Bristol

What do you study now? Classics BA

What inspired you to take this path? Supportive teaching and guidance. I was pushed in what I was good at and supported in my weaknesses.


Hermione Cox

Hermione Cox

When did you leave KC? July 2009

What subjects did you study at A Level? Business and Economics, IT and Psychology

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form?  Oxford Brooke's

What do you do now? I work in business development for global law firm Clifford chance.

What inspired you to take this path? I have always been interested in law and wanted to be surrounded by the legal industry. I wanted to be part of developing the way law firms think and how they adapt themselves to the modern day clients’ needs. Law firms need to be innovative more than ever and I wanted to be part of this change.


Kunmi Coker

Kunmi Coker

When did you leave KC? July 2013. 
  
What subjects did you study at A Level? I studied Geography, Government and Politics, Economics at A Level . And Classical Civilisation at AS level! 
  
Where did you go when you go after KC Sixth Form? University of Warwick
  
What do you do now? I am currently in my final year at Warwick University studying at BA (Hon) Politics and International studies.  And I am hopefully starting a second degree in Law  in September 2016.
  
What inspired you to take this path? I have always been very interested in the ways that different people interact and how interdependent the world is becoming.  This formed my basis for studying Politics and international Relations as a first degree. As my studies progressed I began to see the intersection between politics, international relations and the law, but most importantly how pertinent the law is to the others. Law plays a crucial role in the formulation of government polices, business decisions and how the society functions at large. I am intrigued by Law’s multifaceted relevance, which spans across International boundaries. My plan thereafter is to work with an international organisation that has a bias for international diplomacy and law. Practising as a solicitor in an international law firm with the client base that combines both areas of study such as International finance, corporate restructuring and human rights law will also enable me to use the best of both degrees as a career.The icing on my professional career will be an appointment as an ambassador for my country!

Guinevere Poncia

Guinevere Poncia

When did you leave KC?  June 2014. 

What subjects did you study at A Level? History, Classical Civilisation, French, and Fine Art AS. 

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? I am currently study History at King’s College London. 

What do you do now? I am in my second year at KCL, and absolutely loving it. I’m discovering more about life, history, and myself every day. It’s a constant learning curve, but the most exhilarating one. 

What inspired you to take this path? On the surface, that would be my love of history; a subject that never ceases to inspire or amaze me. Having said this, a lot of the time its the people and places around you that inspire you to take the path you end up on. It’s from these (often chance) events and meetings from which you learn and grow. That’s why it’s important to take every opportunity that comes your way. 


Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper

When did you leave KC? July 2007

What subjects did you study at A Level? Psychology, classics and IT.

Where did you go after KC Sixth Form? Coventry university studying media production.

What do you do now? Marketing for a IT company, owned by Time Warner Cable selling cloud solutions.

What inspired you to take this path? I have passions for both creative things such as design & photography, but also business and strategy, which I didn't realise until I started working. These two things made it a natural next step for me to go into marketing. I would say studying psychology and media production at school really help developed the path I am on today. 


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