On the evening of 7th March the Salopian Club, in conjunction with the Careers Master and the School’s Medical Society, piloted the first Old Salopian careers talk and dinner.
On this occasion, we invited OS medics to Emma Darwin Hall, and 25 sixth formers heard inspirational talks by Dr Piers Dixey (O 1999-2004) and Dr Dan Morris (PH 1987-92). Piers concentrated on life as a junior doctor on a stroke unit, while Dan presented the challenges of a busy ophthalmic specialist and wilderness medicine. Also attending the talk and dinner were Dr Terry West (parent of 3 Shrewsbury educated doctors) and medical student George Jarvis (PH 2004-09).
Afterwards at dinner in the Peterson Room our sixth form prospective medics sat and talked with the professionals, gleaning all sorts of valuable ideas, anecdotes and perspectives. We very much hope that the success of this pilot event can be repeated every two years or so and that the network will continue to build, helping both current pupils and Old Salopians.
We hope to repeat this type of event on a regular basis, providing careers talks by Old Salopians from different disciplines and professional backgrounds. Although Old Salopians have been coming back to the School for many years to give careers talks, the difference with this new programme is the format, which allows pupils and Old Salopians to mix freely after the event, and the follow-on activity by the Salopian Club in developing professional groupings that will help to mentor and advise pupils once they have left the School.