On Friday 30th January we welcomed back Old Blue Paul Bancroft from the Class of 1999 to deliver a careers talk to our Sixth Form students.
After leaving the School in 1999 Paul studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham and then joined Siemens’ Graduate Scheme. Whilst at Siemens he completed an MSc in Electrical Power Systems at the University of Manchester. Paul is now an electrical engineering at Siemens Energy, predominantly working in the Off Shore wind market.
Paul gave our students from Years 12 and 13 a fantastic overview of engineering as a career path, describing engineers as “using maths and science to solve real life problems”. Paul described his journey to date since leaving The Blue Coat School, and his particular role at Siemens Energy. He also gave a fantastic overview of options for studying engineering at University, and recommended that students consider seeking industry placements where possible. The students asked some fantastic questions during a question and answer session, including the need to encourage more females into the profession.
Paul’s careers talk is the second in a series of talks being delivered by Old Blues and parents of students at the School, representing a variety of careers. We are grateful to all our Old Blues and parents who are kindly volunteering their time by sharing their advice, expertise and story with our students.