The English and Careers Departments were delighted to host an event promoting ‘Careers in Literature, Arts and the Media’ in the Recital Hall at Bedford School on Monday 1 February.

The evening consisted of a Q&A session with a panel of six professionals whose careers spanned publishing, writing, law, media, journalism and acting. Pupils from Bedford School, Bedford Modern ad Bedford Girls’ School had the opportunity to ask the panel about their own professional development and what challenges and opportunities the modern-day workplace proffered if one was to study Literature or a media-based degree.

The event began with a speech by Old Bedfordian Robin Hampshire (13-15) who spoke of the transition between sixth form life at Bedford School and university. Robin, who studies English Literature at the New College of Humanities, explained to the audience of pupils, parents and staff what they could expect in the next few years.

The panel was comprised of sports journalist and OB Oliver Yew (00-05); parent and lawyer, Anneli Howard; parent and Head of New Talent at the BBC, Claire Paul; actor and former Managing Director of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Ian Grant; Professor of American Literature at Nottingham University, Celeste-Marie Bernier and editor at HarperCollins, Phoebe Morgan. The panel gave practical, aspirational and inspirational advice to the audience of 90 guests.

Pupils then had the opportunity to continue conversations about future employment opportunities at a reception held after the event. It was an enjoyable and informative evening, forming part of the extensive Careers programme at Bedford School.

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