When did you attend Bethany?
I joined Bethany School as an Academic and Drama Scholar in 2008.
What are you doing now?
I am currently running a software development and integration company operating in the UK and EEA. I’m also reading Civil Engineering in London.
What is your favourite memory of life at Bethany?
I thoroughly enjoyed Food Technology (which has proved incredibly useful), although memories of the School’s annual theatre productions are what really stands out… from ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’ to ‘We Will Rock You!’.
How did your experiences at Bethany help you in your career?
Bethany taught me self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and emotional intelligence.
What advice would you give a Bethany pupil looking to work in the same field as you?
I would strongly advise that you take a look at apprenticeships and locate companies that are willing to sponsor you through University; this normally comes in the form of subsidised tuition and compensation, although this will be dependent on your arrangement. Many individuals who choose to pursue this path find themselves in the fortunate position of leaving University with little to no debt, guaranteed employment, skills which are not taught at University, and a much greater earning potential.
If you’re unsure of where to start, I would suggest taking a look at The Bethany Network and establishing communications with Old Bethanians working in the your chosen field. Do not underestimate the importance of networking!
Also, don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do yet; you can hardly be expected too given that current graduates are expected to have at least five careers in their lifetime. However, I would strongly advise that you look at health care, personal care, social assistance, and construction.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t think that you have to limit yourself to certain subjects based on what you think will be required for your future career… stick with the subjects you love; ultimately, this is what will provide you with the greatest opportunities.
What do you value most about being connected to Bethany and The Bethany Network today?
Communicating and socialising with a diverse range of new and interesting people, attending a number of good social events, and catching up with old friends.