Marketing/Tech/Startup

Maya

Maya currently works as a freelance technology and marketing consultant to the BBC. She previously worked at Go Cardless one of the hottest startups according to WIRED magazine. She studied Physics at Oxford University and has a passion to get more girls into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She also loves colourful leggings.

Law: Solicitor

Georgina

I work as a solicitor for Taylor Wessing LLP, an international law firm. I specialise in the field of litigation, working as part of a team to advise companies on disputes and issues that arise in the course of their businesses. I studied Law with Australian Law at Nottingham University, and as part of my degree, I spent a year studying in Sydney, Australia. I am currently on secondment to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where I am working for the Office of General Counsel advising the business on a variety of issues and disputes.

 

Medicine: Surgeon

Branavan

Branavan is a junior doctor currently working in London. He trained at St George's Hospital Medical School where he achieved a BSc (Hons) and MBBS. He has been involved in innovative orthopaedic surgical research and his work has been published in surgical journals. He has a keen interest in teaching and currently teaches 3rd year and final year Imperial College medical students. Bran has previously sat on interview panels for medical school and has a supported students through the application process. Outside of medicine, Branavan is a keen rugby player and captained United Hospitals RFC whilst at university.

Medicine: GP/Psychiatry

Mandy

I qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2009 having completed a 6 year medical degree with an intercalated BsC in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Fast forward 7 years and I’ve worked in A&E, Intensive Care, Gastroenterology, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. I’ve completed my specialist training and I now work as a freelance GP. It’s great fun and gives me lots of flexibility to pursue other interests and stay balanced. This year I’ve taken up yoga, meditation and I’m learning to play the piano! Medicine is hard work but extremely fulfilling and has endless opportunities to suit every personality. I’m currently exploring aesthetic medicine and hope to develop this alongside my interest in dermatology. Outside Medicine, I devote time to the other love of my life – food!

Music/Entrepreneur

Nikhil

Nikhil is Cofounder of the online radio platform Mixcloud. Over the past 7 years he has helped lead the growth of the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in Wembley to the world’s biggest community of DJs and radio talent, reaching over 15 million people a month. Prior to Mixcloud, Nikhil was a brand strategy consultant and spent a year as the Entertainments Manager at his University. He studied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He is also a DJ, runs electronic music record label ManMakeMusic and more recently a new dance/music project called Dance Club.

Law: Barrister

Matthew

Matthew is a barrister at 1 Hare Court, London, specialising in family and property law disputes. He studied at the LSE and UCL, having grown up in South Wales. He also practises in the West Country. Before starting his career at the Bar he worked in Parliament for David Davis, then Shadow Home Secretary, and previously in charge of Brexit. Matthew’s case load involves anything from disputes between cohabitants over property rights to Premiership footballers arguing over the amount of maintenance they should pay to their former spouses.

Pharmacy

Ekta

Having studied Pharmacy at King’s College London, I am now the head pharmacist in a community pharmacy based in Hayes. The profession requires you not only to be an expert in medicines but also to provide as many services as possible to your patients including Smoking Cessation, Emergency Contraception and Flu Vaccinations to name a few. I have chosen the community path in pharmacy but I will also discuss the other options available when graduating with a degree in Pharmacy.

Entrepreneur

Krishna

I studied Law with Spanish Law at UCL and spent several years working as a lawyer with the City firm Slaughter and May, before deciding to enter the world of business. I am now a Director at Bell Container and manage, in particular, the container conversions division. We supply shipping containers (for on-site storage) and also site accommodation units – converting shipping containers into portable offices, canteens, changing rooms and welfare units. In 2013, I launched Pop-up Containers which focuses on customising shipping containers into ‘pop-up’ spaces: cafés, shops and retail units, studios and bars, to name a few. We also help companies showcase new brands and products through more experiential units all within the container framework. Whilst at university, my brother and I developed the BBQ TOWER (a multi-level charcoal barbecue) which we launched into the UK market a few years ago. I would be happy to talk about both law, business and anything else in between!

 

Journalism/Writing

Edward

I studied English Literature at University College London having spent some time working in Parliament and then for a newspaper in the Middle East, between school and university. I got involved in the student paper at UCL and spent my first summer working on a newspaper in South Africa, where I got my first proper news reporting experience. The next summer I did work experience at four different national newspapers and two of them paid me for further work during my final year – when I probably should have been more focused on my dissertation.

The Telegraph then asked me to go and work for them after my final exams in May 2011 and almost eight years later I’m still there. Having worked as a general news reporter, religious affairs correspondent and deputy investigations editor, I am now based in Westminster as Political Editor of The Sunday Telegraph.

Architecture

Manan

I’m Manan and an Architect from London. I work in a small practice in London specialising in traditionally designed private houses, ranging from London town-houses and flats, to large countryside homes. Our practice also provides bright and colourful Interior Decoration design services.

I studied Architecture in Westminster University and Nottingham University before fully qualifying in 2013.

Fitness & Wellbeing/Social Media

Harry

I'm a trainer at a leading global fitness boutique called BARRYS Bootcamp. However this wasn’t initially my intended career path. I have an Economics degree from Loughborough University and was part of two start ups before turning my attention to the fitness world. I still very much have a business mindset and fully intend on starting my own business within the next 5 years.

Dentistry

Rajan

I graduated from King’s College London in 2015 completing a 4 year programme for graduates having previously completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from QMUL. I work full time as a dentist in two practices, seeing both NHS and private patients. I see something new every day and in every patient, I’m constantly thinking of how I can treat a problem and also get to be very hands-on throughout my day. Recently I’ve also established my own Botox and facial aesthetics clinic in Mill Hill. I wouldn’t choose any other job and hopefully I can answer your questions and help to guide you as best as possible!

Economics/Policy

Sagar

I work as an economist at the Bank of England where I help to assess risks to financial stability that could arise from the financial position of British Households. I studied economics at Oxford University and the LSE. I took a 2.5 year career break from the Bank from 2012 to 2014 during which I worked on the economics of happiness at the New Economics Foundation, and as a microeconomics consultant at Frontier Economics.

Technology/International Business

Olga

I am a Senior Insights Manager in Amazon’s Advertising business. I help account executives use insights at scale to solve advertiser challenges. I did my MBA at London Business School, and before that I spent 8 years on Wall Street in the equities business pitching investment opportunities to large asset managers, trading stocks, and helping companies raise money on the public markets. I love spending time with my hubby and two sons, and exploring the world together. In my free time I enjoy sailing and racing, and I’ve been geeking out on podcasts lately: favorite topics - international relations, technology, and all things astrophysics and planetary science. 

Entrepreneur/Technology/Charity

Tom

Tom is CEO and founder of Joyful (Joyful.org) which has a vision to mobilise the world’s wealth and bring joy to the suffering. It is the leading provider of websites and fundraising tools, raising tens of millions of pounds for over 800 charities across the UK and Australia. Tom is also Chairman of an activist rebel theatre group fighting dictators called Belarus Free Theatre and is also Chairman of Localgiving Foundation which has provided over £25M in grants and donations to local community groups in the UK.

Veterinary

Emily

Emily is a Veterinary Surgeon at Abingdon Vets. In Emily’s first full year of being a vet, she was nominated for PetPlan’s Vet of the Year 2018. Previously Emily has been at university for a long time, first doing a Biochemistry degree at Durham University and then studying to be a vet at Bristol University where she graduated in 2017.

Fashion/Marketing/Languages

Bertie

A multidisciplinary marketing professional challenging brands to go further. Currently at the British Fashion Council working at the intersection of insight, strategy and creative. Collaborating with some of the world’s most progressive brands, delivering 360 campaigns and creative content for youth audiences.

Culturally rooted and globally active having worked and lived in 5 countries, with access to a global talent pool, creating engaging experiences whilst championing authenticity, diversity and imagination in everything I do. Experience spanning digital, art direction, campaign management, partnerships, project management, content curation and event production.

Accountancy/Consulting

Andreas

After graduating from Durham in 2014, I ended up working in the audit department for one of the Big Four accounting firms – not the most obvious career path for a History graduate. My time in Assurance taught me that I was quite analytical, that I enjoyed Finance and that my History degree was more relevant that I had previously thought. I made the move to the Consulting arm of the firm in 2016 and now work in a team of commercial analysts. I advise clients, and the firm, on a range of financial and management accountancy matters. I’ve been privileged to work with some high profile companies, from FTSE 100 firms to local government. In essence, I help develop solutions to current financial issues. I am also a former WOHAA participant whose team won the 2010 competition.

 

PR & Events

Samir

Samir Ahmed is an award winning PR and events professional who has worked in the industry for over 12 years. Initially starting his career as a journalist, Samir went on to working in music and event PR before broadening to corporate clients. Having amassed a portfolio which includes chart topping music artists, UK government clients, globally recognised brands, Oscar winning films and YouTube sensations, Samir's scope of PR and event management work has touched almost every industry.

In 2016 Samir was one of the lead publicists on Prince William and Kate Middleton's first Royal visit to India, and has also recently been working with the Mayor of London's office as well as leading charities such as The Princes Trust, Barnardo’s and Autism Rocks. Samir has also managed concerts for global artists such as Lady Gaga, Drake and Prince.

Teaching/Wellbeing/Performing Arts

Rupal

Hi I’m Rupal. I’ve worked in different industries from Business to Law to Performing Arts and Teaching. I can’t tell you I have 1 career because I don’t. I’ve jumped from a corporate city worker to a school teacher. I currently run my own tutoring business and dance classes.

Note to students: don’t feel pressured into choosing a career, you can work in different industries throughout your lifetime. You’re not held down to what you’ve studied. Be guided by your passion and interests. Looking forward to meeting many of you at my table!

 

Design/Sustainability

Philippa

I enjoyed most subjects in school (except Maths) but really loved Art and design based subjects. My mum is a self-employed artist/illustrator (and the main breadwinner of the family) so I grew up around loads of art materials and was always encouraged to be creative.

I did an Art Foundation course prior to going to university, and after trying everything from jewellery design to pottery, I chose to study Textile Design and Business Studies at Brighton University. University is great for learning skills and finding out what you want to do – especially in creative fields. I was encouraged to do whatever I wanted and went to India to research sustainability in the textile industry.  I was so engrossed in what I was learning that I didn’t want to stop and did a Master of Arts degree in textiles. I now work in the marketing department of a sustainable packaging company and can use the skills I learned in my degrees to support myself. 

Accountancy/Finance

Neil

I am a transaction advisory practitioner at EY specialising in the insurance sector. My work involves providing financial due diligence services and advice to private equity clients and insurance companies when they are looking to acquire, merge or sell a company. I have also been seconded to clients to help with their sales process and built financial models.

I studied economics at the University of Nottingham, and earlier in my career I spent time as a consultant, auditor and qualified as a Chartered Accountant which led me to work in Bermuda for a couple of years! I enjoy skiing holidays in winter and hiking in the summer, cooking and being creative through art when time permits.

Events & PR/Beauty

Louis

I'm originally from Cambridge and have over a decade's experience in PR, Marketing & Events working for Harrods, Liberty, Ascot Racecourse and Space NK. In 2018, I decided to found and launch my own Floral Design & Creative Event Studio, Mister Matthewman Curated. After flunking my A Levels in 2006 I could have never dreamed that now I would be working for myself and running my own company. I am now based in Manchester but I work across the UK creating and curating floral installations, fabulous arrangements, and unique events concepts for an array of lovely clients.

Accountancy

Roseanna

I graduated from Exeter University having read Spanish and Business Management with an Erasmus year at Cordoba University. I took a year off after university and went travelling before starting at an accountancy firm in London within the Audit and Assurance department. Whilst working I am doing my Chartered Accountancy exams and am 1 exam away from qualifying. My work is mainly in audit and accounts preparation. The clients I work on are very varied, ranging from retail, financial service companies and charities.

 

Biosciences/Tech/International Business

Nolan

Originally from California, where I studied biomedical engineering and worked as an engineer, technologist, and entrepreneur. I came to the UK to attend London Business School where I began working as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. I love building and making things and maybe more so, I love helping others build their ideas into reality.

Law: Barrister in training

Kamran

I am a future pupil barrister. I completed my LLB Law Degree from Queen Mary University of London in 2016, and then went on to complete my LLM at UCL in 2017. I then enrolled on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) with an Advocacy Scholarship. Being the Vice President of my university’s Bar Society was a transformative role for me as it further fuelled my passion for a career at the Bar. Alongside this, I competed in numerous mooting (mock court) competitions. In October 2018, I appeared in the Grand Final of the Middle Temple Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition, which was judged by a three-member Supreme Court Panel of Lord Carnwath, Lord Hodge and Lord Lloyd Jones.
Since completing the BPTC, I have worked in numerous paralegal roles (both in chambers and in law firms), and I regularly visit schools to host mock trial workshops and give talks about careers in law.
I am a massive Liverpool fan, and in my free time, I follow their fortunes very closely! I am also a keen blogger and vlogger. I created “The Commercial Cartel” to write and produce written and video content on current affairs in a humorous and digestible manner. Finally, I like to cook, though not very well according to my fiancée...! 

 

Data Science/Tourism/International Business

Amit

I did a Master's degree in Business Analytics and Consultancy at Warwick before joining BA's operational research team (now called central analytics). I enjoy working on problems and have spent many years using data science to help drive our strategies. Data science/analytics is used in BA to do everything from figuring out where and when our airport might get busy, through to dynamic pricing or customer segmentation for tailored marketing.

Marketing/Tech/Startup

Katherine

I'm a marketing geek :) I've spent six years in marketing at startups -- two at a cleantech startup that helped businesses manage their greenhouse gas emissions, and four at Dropbox bringing new features and products to market. I studied at UC Berkeley majoring in Environmental and Energy Policy, plus Ethnic Studies, and recently earned my MBA at London Business School (with an emphasis in marketing). I absolutely love working with customers, and I love working on meaningful products. Right now I'm working as a Marketing Lead in an early-stage startup (we're still in stealth!).

Law: Trainee Solicitor

Yajur

I studied Law with European Study at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2018. I am currently undertaking the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, after which I will commence a training contract with White & Case LLP. I am highly enthusiastic about promoting the ambitions of young people, and also want to help increase diversity within the legal profession.

Part of a lawyer’s job is to be able to explain concepts without using excessive legal jargon. Therefore, if some of the words I have used above (e.g. ‘training contract’ and ‘Legal Practice Course’) presently mean nothing to you, do not worry! I would love to answer any questions you may have about law, both as an academic subject and as a potential career option.

Finance/Studying in the USA

Kunal

Kunal grew up in Tanzania, studied in the U.S., and now work in London focusing on African investments. He hopes to make a difference in the lives of millions of Africans who need better access to electricity, healthcare, education, and other basic needs (while also hoping to get rich along the way). Kunal's passions include finance, development, and football. But mostly football...

GapYear/Oxbridge/Politics

Smruti

I studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at St Peter's College in Oxford and now I run a business, Supreme Creations, which manufactures sustainable packaging for brands like Topshop, Nike and Google. I also helped found WOHAA in 2004 and it is wonderful to see over 33,500 students from over 420 schools take part over the past 14 years. I am passionate about empowering young people, and encourage you to be as original as possible in your WOHAA projects.

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