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Careers talks from Great Ormond Street Hospital to KFC

Date Posted: Friday 21 May 2021

On Wednesday morning, our Year 13 Psychology students were treated to a talk from alumna Sophie Stuart (Franklins, 2016), who is in the last few weeks of her year-long placement in a specialist Attachment and Trauma Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She provided an insight into the range of assessments offered and how the student’s learning can be applied to work within Psychological Services.

Following this, on Wednesday afternoon, we were delighted to welcome back Jo Tivers (née Brett, Franklins, 2002) to speak with our Year 10 GCSE Food Studies students about her role as Head of Food at KFC UK & Ireland. It was inspiring to hear Jo speak about her career journey, and to hear how passionate she is about both her role and the KFC brand. Jo shared her role’s priorities, how her team is structured, an example of her working day, some of the recent product successes, as well as her top tips and pieces for advice. Our students asked a host of questions, from ‘Will the Nashville Chicken Wings come back’ to ‘what products have you worked on that haven’t been launched’? She encouraged our students to think about what brands they would like to work for, to expand their horizons beyond their academic studies, and ultimately to believe in themselves.

And last but not least, our Year 13 students heard from Trainee Health Psychologist and PhD Student SJ Stewart (Knights, 2013). SJ spoke about her experience of studying Psychology at the University of Surrey, talked our students through her experiences working in forensic and clinical psychology, as well as her more recent work in health psychology. She discussed her research areas, from the beliefs people hold about theirs and others weight, eating behaviours and exercise, to the role of others and the media in our belief system, through to her recent research around the role of health psychology in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you to Sophie, Jo and SJ for sharing their time, and inspiring our students.