A Levels

How to get from A Levels to a career you love

Channing’s Arundel Centre was the scene on Monday evening of a highly successful inaugural Sixth Form careers event – ‘How to get from A Levels to a career you love’.

An expert line-up consisting of Channing Old Girls, parents and friends of the School shared their insights on the choices they made after studying A levels and how it influenced their careers. We were also delighted to welcome schools from the East London Consortium. Headmistress Mrs Barbara Elliott introduced the evening by saying: “Tonight, we aim to give you a deep understanding of the range of future careers open to you – ‘future’ in the sense of looking ahead, and ‘future’ because some of the jobs that you will do, do not exist yet. How exciting!”

There were three panels – law and humanities; science technology and engineering; and media, digital and evolving careers. The panellists were all leaders in their diverse career fields – from curing cancer to limiting London’s litter. Key messages that emerged from the evening were; start building your networking – now; excellence is doing what you do excellently – not being the best; and do what you love because for the vast majority of jobs, your choice of A Levels/degree subject makes no difference. We are very grateful to Catherine Toole – who moderated the event – and to Elaine Western and Kibi Bainbridge of the Channing Association, who supported it. Ms Toole said: “It was a pleasure to spend an evening surrounded by intelligent, ambitious females – both on stage and in the audience. The panellists were so generous with their advice and time and the students asked such great questions… it was inspirational.”