Icenian Interview: Caroline Ellis

What year did you begin and leave Langley?

I left Langley in 2007 and started in 2002.

If applicable, which A-Levels did you gain?

I studied Home Economics, Media Studies, and ICT.

During your time at Langley, did you know what career you wanted to pursue?

Yes and no, I knew I always wanted to be customer focused and had a passion for hospitality. I just wasn’t quite sure what path to take to follow that career.

Which extra-curricular activities were you involved in and have they been useful, for example helping with transferable skills?

I remember helping and supporting with the Tuck Shop (hopefully this is still around). A weekly task to do the ‘Big Shop’ for the week ahead for the Tuck Shop was always enjoyable. I enjoyed being responsible for something like the Tuck Shop because it allowed me to gain vital experience in managing people. The sports competitions and school events definitely helped me gain confidence in public speaking.

Have these activities helped you since school, for example via transferable skills?

100%! I would say that was my first experience of working and making a commitment. I didn’t want to let my teachers down and felt a responsibility to all the hungry and eager pupils wanting their sweet fix in the Tuck Shop. 

What did you study at university?

I studied Hospitality and Business Management. I nearly (so close, even got an offer at Bath Uni) to study Nutrition. Mrs Woolsey was one of my favourite teachers at Langley School. She was an inspirational teacher and didn’t stand for any messing around, she caught my attention when doing my GCSE’s and so I decided to do A Level Home Economics. However, during my gap year, I found my passion ‘hospitality’ and ended up doing a degree in Hospitality, Leisure, and Events Management.

How did you career begin?

It began working in local Hotels and then working abroad in Canada and Austria. I have travelled for my job and moved around in the UK and somehow have settled back in Norfolk, my hometown.

So far, what have been your post-school highlights (in your career, onwards studies, family, travel etc.)?

This is a hard one as I have a few proudest highlights with work, but I would have to narrow it down to three. 1. Running and managing weddings in a previous role, the buzz you get when you create and be part of someone’s magical day, 2. Traveling after school and becoming a ski instructor and 3. My son 😊

On reflection, did your time at Langley help your attitude towards career choices and progression?

Yes, it really did help and I wish I know now back then and embraced it all more. And tried to study more!

What advice you would give to students considering Langley, their A-Levels or careers?

Be More You. Everyone is always looking at what the person next to them is doing and in reality, we are all just trying to be more of themselves.

Your fondest memory of Langley?

My fondest memories are being part of the school play and being Head Girl!

Life after Langley
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Published On: January 16th, 2023Categories: Icenians, News, Senior