This week as part of our Sixth Form Business Lunch, the Sixth Form students met with Nick Brown (2007 to 2014), a previous Head Boy of Langley who now works for KPMG and is studying towards an ACA accounting qualification.
The students asked Nick many questions about his experience after Langley, from his time at university to his career development. Nick shared lots of wisdom and important advice with the students.
Read our interview with him below:
When were you at Langley School (please give start and finish years)
September 2007 to July 2014
What did you take at A Level?
Did you know what career you wanted to follow when you were at Langley?
I wasn’t completely decided on what I wanted to do as a career, but Langley helped me develop a strong passion for the sciences and math that stood me in good stead when applying for jobs.
Which extra-curricular activities/societies/sports teams/trips were you involved with whilst at Langley?
Rugby was my main sport and I was out on the pitches at every chance I got; it played a big part in my time at the school playing all the way through up to the 1st XV. But I also participated in a variety of other sports such as cricket and football.
The school allowed me to go on some incredible trips such as Indonesia with Operation Wallacea for Biology and Iceland with Geography.
Linking to the above, do you think any extra activities you took part in have been useful within your career and given you transferable skills
The team skills developed through sports and problem solving in DoE were useful in my university and job applications. Also the leadership and communication skills I learned through being head boy and rugby captain through my years at the school has helped greatly in my job and university projects.
Did you go to university and if so what did you study?
I went to the University of Birmingham and studied Biomedical Science.
How did your career begin?
I started working for KPMG in October 2018 on their graduate scheme based in Cambridge. Through this I am studying towards my ACA accounting qualification and once I have achieved this I shall assess where I want to move further with my career. I am hoping to go into the science industry in the future but from a finance perspective, instead of the research side which my degree originally took me toward.
On reflection, did your time at Langley School help inform your career choices and your attitude to your career progression?
The school gave me a solid grounding in the sciences and maths, allowing me to have a variety of choices of career to go into. Even though I didn’t have my current career in mind the school allowed me to have that option of pursuing due to the skills and experiences I developed.
Is there any advice you would like to give to students currently considering whether to join Langley, choose/start their A Levels and their career choices?
There are so many options out there for what you are able to go into, make sure you research lots and make the most of what the school has to offer to best achieve your goals.