Old boys did us proud at our first University Mock Interview Evening: can you help at our next careers event?

After alumni turned out in force to support this month’s first-ever evening dedicated to helping Year 13 boys with their university interview preparations, we would like now to hear from Old Elizabethans who can come along to our Careers Convention.

“We are keen to welcome old boys who can provide advice about their own profession to Year 11 boys and their parents on Thursday 21st November,” says Headmaster Neil Enright. A drinks & canapés reception will be held beforehand for all participating alumni.

Volunteers can get in touch via alumni@qebarnet.co.uk.

Nearly 40 Old Elizabethans and friends of the School put current Year 13 students through their paces at the inaugural University Mock Interview Evening, with most conducting four half-hour interviews during the event.

The idea was to get the boys discussing their chosen subject with a stranger who is an expert in that field – someone who had studied it, or something very similar, at university himself. Subjects covered included everything from Medicine and Law to Computer Science, PPE, Engineering and Modern Languages.

“Both our volunteers and the boys seemed to enjoy their conversations, and they will undoubtedly benefit in their final preparations from the feedback that was given afterwards,” said Mr Enright.

“Many of these boys will be the first in their families to apply to university, and, particularly since they are generally applying for the most competitive courses, they benefit enormously from the inspiration and informed guidance that our OEs are able to provide.” The evening is part of the wider QE University admissions Support Programme (or USP).

The volunteers gathered for a networking reception in at the School’s Café 1573 before the evening got under way.

The University Mock Interview Evening was the first alumni event to be held since last month’s launch of QE Connect – a social and business network for OEs that also helps them support and mentor current pupils. More photos from the evening can be seen in the feed there.

“It is great that so many of old boys have signed up to QE Connect – well beyond the number expected at this stage based on other schools’ experiences,” the Headmaster added.

“Our alumni are once again proving how keen they are to be active supporters of the School and, after the strong support for the new mock interviews event and the record turnout for the 2018 Careers Convention, I look forward to seeing many old boys at this year’s Careers Convention: please do get in touch if you can help.”