A group of alumni and staff volunteers returned to St George’s, University of London to talk about their career paths since graduating and share their advice and insights with current students.

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The volunteers, who were a mix of postgraduate alumni and current staff, covered the career spectrum, including academic research, teaching, clinical, and non-healthcare/science routes.

The event, which was organised by the St George’s Alumni Team and current PhD students Tash Clarke and Mohani-Preet Kaur Bajaj, was designed to demystify the world of work and inform current postgraduate students about their options after graduation. It also provided an insight in to what to expect from postgraduate study for the undergraduate students who attended.

At the end of the evening, the volunteers had an opportunity to network with current students.

Feedback from the students was very positive, with students saying that it was a “good session” with an “excellent panel” and “great advice that has reduced my anxiety [about graduating]."

The volunteers also really enjoyed taking part in the session, with alumna Ruth McCrea, who studied MSc Healthcare Practice and graduated in 2016, saying that “to hear about the experience of studying for a postgraduate degree from students who have actually been through it offers real insight and support for what it entails.”

Cathy Moore, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, said, “I wish there were more events like this, because the format really gets the most out of the panel. It was a great opportunity for me to tell students the things I wish I’d been told when I was in their shoes.”

Alumni Engagement Officer George Pyrgos said, “We are hugely grateful to all of our volunteers for giving up their time to support the students following in their footsteps, and for sharing such valuable advice and guidance. The evening was a great success and we hope to be able to run more events like this in future.”