Languages - General

Careers events

It is important to us that our pupils see languages not only as an academic discipline in their own right, but also as a useful tool to get ahead in business, industry and scientific research all around the world.  To this end, the Faculty is always delighted to welcome guests who are able to offer their unique insights into how languages have helped them in their careers.  We aim to maintain close links with Old Edwardians and to develop them with people who might be new to KES and to Southampton.  In the last few years, we have enjoyed visits from many speakers, and we have been privileged to hear about their experiences.  Accounts of just some of these follow here.

In October 2017, OE Adrian Shipwright, who has worked as a barrister, a judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), a lawyer on many high profile cases with an international dimension and has taught Law at Oxford, Cambridge, the Sorbonne, Bristol, Brunel and King's College London, visited KES to give talks to all our Fourth Year, Fifth Year and selected Sixth Form students.  The MFL staff also had the pleasure of a lunch with Mr Shipwright.

In March 2017, OE Andrew Sims, who works as an interpreter at the German Federal Ministry of the Economy in Berlin, visited us again to share his experiences of translation and interpreting work with our Fifth Year and Sixth Form classes.  He told us many amusing anecdotes about visiting dignitaries and explained the changing role of digital translators in his business.  He also provided some interesting insights to the Languages Department.

During the Autumn Term 2016, OE Virginia Stuart-Taylor visited us at KES to share her tips for using languages to build a successful career.  Virginia was headhunted whilst still at university thanks to her award-winning blog 'The Well-Travelled Postcard'.  Her inspiring talks to all our Upper School pupils and to the Sixth Form at Polyglots were very enthusiastically received.  Virginia even ran out of time to answer all the questions pupils wanted to put to her!

On 21st November, 2016, we welcomed OE Michael Swann who works at the European External Action Service, where he holds a prestigious post on the ESDC (European Security and Defence College) Steering Committee with responsibility for the overall co-ordination and direction of ESDC training.  Michael gave a lunchtime talk to a group of Sixth Formers about his career since leaving KES, provided some useful tips on establishing a career and took questions on his use of languages, the nature of his job and the situation since Brexit.

The Careers Department organised a Headmaster's lunch on Tuesday 22nd March, 2016, for our Sixth Form linguists, with four guests drawn from different walks of life who all use languages in their careers.  The guests were: Professor Andrea Reiter, Professor of German at the University of Southampton; Irina Nelson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Southampton; Francisco Gozalvez, a registered European lawyer at Lester Aldridge; and Lynette Slater, Modern Languages and International Business at Aston University.

In November 2015, OE David Keites, who worked for De Beers as Deputy Worldwide Marketing Director, addressed all the Fourth Year pupils with an account of his career development since leaving KES and was thoroughly impressed by the linguistic skills of our UK Linguistics Olympiad Club.  David's visit was very dramatic as he arrived whilst the school DT department was on fire, with the Fire Brigade in attendance and the whole School on the field!

In January 2015, OE Chris Ross, General Manager and Vice President for global sales in several IT / Software companies, gave talks to our Fourth Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Form classes on the role languages have played in his career.

In the Summer Term 2014, OE Andrew Sims, who works as an interpreter for the German Federal Ministry of the Economy, gave a talk to our Sixth Formers and offered an open invitation to them to visit the Ministry in Berlin.  Emma Blackman made great use of this opportunity for a visit that Summer.