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The annual Pembroke Careers Breakfast is the highlight of the old scholar calendar. We were fortunate to be able to host this event in person again this year, and as always it was a wonderful event for mentors and students alike.

1 July 2021

Supported by the Pembroke Old Scholars Committee and now in its 10th year, the Careers Breakfast is a unique opportunity for students to meet and mingle with old scholars and parents who are working in the industries the students are interested in pursuing after graduation. At this year’s event held in DY Hall, 67 mentors and 130 students were in attendance and over breakfast questions were asked and career paths discussed. The industries represented on the day included medicine, engineering, social sciences and law, just to name a few!

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Angus Haines (2017) and Chris Bradley (1986) at the Careers Breakfast

The two 20-minute sessions allowed students to move from one industry to the next and gain valuable insight into career paths they may not have been interested in previously.

I was on the IT table for the first ses­sion and was able to chat to some­one who was in the cyber secu­ri­ty indus­try. It wasn’t real­ly a field that I was par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in but, hav­ing a chat with him, I devel­oped an inter­est in it and it’s some­thing I want to look into.’
Clive P (Yr 12)

For mentors it was a wonderful opportunity to inspire the next generation but also to catch up with each other! Many mentors knew each other either as classmates or from their previous involvement in the event.

The Pem­broke careers break­fast is a bril­liant event that pro­vides me with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak with stu­dents about my career jour­ney post school. I wasn’t sure what I want­ed to do after school. By shar­ing the expe­ri­ence with stu­dents I am able to pro­vide them with reas­sur­ance they don’t have to have their life sort­ed by the end of Year 12. Being an envi­ron­men­tal­ist isn’t com­mon and I wasn’t aware my career path exist­ed when I was at school. By shar­ing my jour­ney as an envi­ron­men­tal­ist I hope to inspire more young peo­ple to feel empow­ered to pur­sue a unique career paths too.”
Nao­mi Doo­lette (2009)

This year first-time mentors joined us from industries such as defence, performing arts and architecture, and we hope that this variety of careers and mentors will help the senior students with their vocational choices in the future.

Thank you to all mentors in attendance on the day and we look forward to seeing you again at the next Careers Breakfast in 2022!

Candace Cox-Tuck
Manager, Old Scholar Engagement

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Anna Pannell (1993) with Amelia A (Yr 12)