Published on 03/05/23
Paul Holland who is currently Director of Communications at Trinity Hall Cambridge came to the Sixth Form to give an inspiring talk.
The engaging talk focused on his unusual career and education path, where an early interest in medicine was discouraged, and he ended up studying Literature first in the UK and then in America where he was also involved with the US Rangers.
Taking various other qualifications on route and jobs such as bin man, he ventured back into medicine with an Access course and then to Cambridge University before dropping out to go back into local journalism. Another unexpected change then saw him work for the British Antarctic Survey where he had to learn about Polar Bear survival as he worked with other journalists venturing into that hostile environment. Students were keen to know which careers and experiences he valued the most, but all of them contributed to his life journey.
In this interesting and very personal talk, the students attending hopefully took home the message that education and career paths do not need to be a straight line. You will explore different areas throughout your life and it is never too late to change direction.