Last week, the OGA hosted its annual School Leavers Panel for the Class of 2021.

The OGA invited recent Somerville graduates back to the school, to celebrate and explore the diverse career and study pathways of Somerville Old Girls from the classes of 2017 and 2018, sharing their learnings and tips with current year 12 students.

Panellists spoke about the challenges and opportunities they have faced since leaving school, their secrets to success in their various fields of study and work, and the ways in which they've leveraged their Somerville education to stand out in their chosen fields. The transition from school to university, study, part time work and career planning is unique to each Old Girl. The panel featured a diverse array of past students, who have chosen varied pathways after school. As the class of 2021 turns its attention towards life after school, it was great for them to hear from those who have recently gone before.

Somerville House Old Girls' Association President Liz Washington said that despite having only graduated from Somerville three or four years ago, the panellists had amassed an impressive list of experiences and achievements, including scholarships, research opportunties, leadership roles - as well as and business start-ups and acquisitions.

"Each year when we call for young Old Girls to volunteer to speak on this panel, I am blown away by the things these young people have achieved, in such a short period of time," she said.

"They don't have specific school subjects, industries or academic results in common, but rather, when you hear their stories you get a sense that they are people who aren't afraid of taking strategic risks, creating new opportunities rather than waiting for things to happen for them - and they are creative thinkers and innovators.

"The OGA hopes that these events give current students insight to the careers and lifestyles they can carve out, and the fact that pathways are rarely linear and smooth; but that makes their story all the richer and more interesting to share, a few years down the road."

With final Year 12 exams on their mind, the afternoon provided some inspiration and insight into how hard work and perseverance pays off, and the options and opportunities that lay ahead during life after school. Prior to the panel dicussion, the OGA hosted a pizza lunch for the 12 students, providing much needed pre exam relaxation and carb-loading.

Ms Washington also spoke to students about the benefits of being an Old Girl and the diverse opportunities that the alumnae network can provide them with, long after they leave school. She welcomed them as the newest members of the OGA, and as the students left, they were presented with their membership badges.

The OGA thanks the following Old Girls for joining us for the panel discussion: 

•    Nhien Nguyen (2018) Biomedical Sciences / Medicine 

•    Georgina Kinne (2018) Physiotherapy 

•    Abby Green (2017) Managing Director - Study Monkey  

•    Ailsa Harris (2017) Music / Teaching + Small business owner 

In the coming weeks, the OGA will profile these young Old Girls' stories on our news page. 

The OGA wishes the graduating Class of 2021 an enjoyable and rewarding few months ahead, as they move through their final exams and into the first stage of their next life chapter! We share below a couple of photos from the event.


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