At our Pengelly Society meeting on 22 February we were joined by Simon Perry, who is no stranger to Bethany as he was a pupil from Year 7 to Year 13, leaving the School in 2009. He now leads global graduate recruitment at Imperial Brands.
Simon delivered an interesting presentation about his own journey through school, in particular the challenges posed by dyslexia and by his lack of clear direction about his own career path. However, with encouragement, Simon persisted with his first appointment after university and used this experience to build valuable skills that have enabled him to flourish in his current HR role with a large international employer. Simon gave Sixth Form pupils some excellent tips about application processes, and encouraged Bethany pupils to reflect on how prepared they are to make themselves stand out in an interview.
The Pengelly Society was founded in 1971 by Christian Lanzer and Skene Catling to pay tribute to the outstanding leadership of Kenneth Pengelly during his Headship. Today, The Pengelly Society continues to offer pupils at Bethany the opportunity to broaden their horizons. Each month, a speaker is invited to come and share their experience, journey or area of expertise with pupils. In the past, talks have ranged from wine growing in our local Kent countryside, to animation, and even the restoration of Spitfires!