Six Bodmin College alumni returned last week to inspire the school’s current students and discuss how their decisions during Sixth Form helped shape their career pathways.

The event, which was attended by local MP Scott Mann, was organised by the college’s Raising Aspirations Coordinator Jayne Smith as part of the Future First programme.

Over 50 students in Years 11, 12 and 13 listened to inspirational presentations by the Bodmin College alumni, with inspiring stories and career advice given throughout the morning.

Hattie Hignell, who studied at Bodmin College between 2000 and 2008, is now a Print Designer for a children’s clothing company in New York and commented, “I learnt the value of a very strong work ethic here. I was never out of the art department whilst at Bodmin College and was very focused on getting to University and getting onto the course that I wanted to do.”

Future First is designed to encourage today’s students to form strong links between their education and their future.

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, also went ‘back to school’ for the day, speaking to students about their goals and ambitions. He said, “There are a lot of very successful people that have gone through Bodmin College. A lot of people in Cornwall focus on the here and now and what’s going on in their local communities and I think, as this Bodmin College alumni have shown, that the world is a lot bigger than that.”

Bodmin College alumni who attended were:

  • Cassie Brewer, studying Medicine at Exeter
  • John Worster, studying Geography at Cardiff
  • Daniella Fernandes, studying International Relations and Languages at Swansea
  • Dr. Barnaby Smith, a Junior Doctor in Wales
  • Fin Irwin, Cultural Entrepreneur and Director of intoBodmin
  • Hattie Hignell, a Print Designer in New York.

Mrs Smith said, “Seeing how our students have grown into really confident, successful and lovely people was a pleasure and to see the enthralled faces of our current students as they listen to their stories was really rewarding.”
“Workshops like this one help students prepare for their lives beyond school in the best way possible, with the Bodmin College alumni helping to broaden their job horizons and crucial skills.”