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Alumnae Focus - Isabel

After Tormead I went to Durham University to study Politics. I am now in my second year and I am loving my University experience.

A-level subjects:
Politics, English Literature, History (2019)

After Tormead I went to Durham University to study Politics. I am now in my
second year and I am loving my University experience. I joined lots of sports
teams and clubs, such as my college Hockey Club and the Debating Society,
which have been great fun and enabled me to meet new people.

The step-up from School work to University work was a challenge, especially in
my Politics essays. I would advise keeping hold of school notes for your University
subject as they are always helpful, and also reach out to University Mentors and
Lecturers as they are there to give advice and support you.

Next academic year I am taking a Placement Year in Industry as a part of my
Politics degree. I am hoping to work for an MP in Parliament or in the Cabinet
Office as well as doing some work in a Political Consulting firm. The prospect
of the world of professional work, while a little daunting, is also very exciting.

Tormead has many amazing opportunities to take advantage of; they are really
enjoyable as well as being CV boosters. One of the best things I did was Young
Enterprise, it was great fun to make our own company and even make a bit of
a profit! Also, I have spoken about my Young Enterprise experience in many
interviews over the last year applying for Placement jobs, as hiring managers often
want to hear about specific work experience examples.

The best piece of advice I have been given is to embrace the unexpected. As
seen in the volatile events of the past year, there are sometimes unforeseen
circumstances that can disrupt our plans. Of course, having goals and aspirations
for the future is hugely important, it is also important to remember it’s
okay if they don’t go completely as planned. The second option or
altered path can be just as good, if not better, than the perfect idea
you had initially envisioned.

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