Former Blue Coat Head Boy Liam Loftus, from the Class of 2011, returned to School to talk about his career to date and to offer a very realistic appraisal of what life is like as a junior doctor working in Accident & Emergency at Liverpool Royal Infirmary.
Although enjoying his medical career hugely, Liam did not disguise the great amount of effort and commitment needed to sustain long working hours and the wide knowledge required to deal with vastly differing cases. There was also the need for a whole host of social skills, as one moment you could be coping with a dementia patient and the next holding the hand of a young mother with terminal cancer.
Liam, who read medicine at the University of Oxford, said: “For me, medicine is a really rewarding career, but I would advise anyone wanting to pursue it to get as much experience as they can about what it involves, by doing internships with a GP surgery or at a hospital. It’s not a job, it’s a vocation which dominates your life.”
Ms Holland, Assistant Headteacher and Careers Information Advice and Guidance coordinator, said: “Over the last few months, we have welcomed Old Blues and friends of the school to talk to students about their career paths and university courses.”
“It is always a pleasure to listen to their stories and they enjoy sharing their experiences. Those who attended the talks asked lots of interesting questions and were given an insight into the world of work.”
In a short period of time, this term’s careers programme has covered: Maths, Medicine, Nuclear Physics, Engineering, Media and setting up a business.
2019/20 careers programme
Your story has the power to inspire a generation. Careers education plays a significant role in helping our students to make decisions about their future path. Your experiences, career decisions, reflections and advice can have a positive impact on the way our students approach their planning for their choice of career. We always look forward to welcoming our Old Blues in school and there are many ways in which you can motivate and guide our students. Your support is invaluable. How can you help?
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