KGS Friends Careers in Engineering Evening


On Monday 8th February, some 110 students from KGS, Tiffin (Boys’ and Girls’), Sutton Grammar, Sutton High, KCS Wimbledon and Wimbledon High battled their way through the last death-throes of Storm Imogen to the magnificent surroundings of The Glaziers Hall in Southwark for our now biennial Careers in Engineering event.

The event, a joint venture between KGS Friends and the Careers Department, enjoyed support from the Energy Institute and the Institute of Chemical Engineers, while the Women’s Engineering Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Civil Engineers all provided representatives to speak to the students, and Headstart and the Engineering Development Trust provided informational material.

In total 32 expert practitioners – drawn from parents, alumni and diverse personal contacts as well as those provided by the various supporting bodies, in fields ranging from Oil and Gas to Architecture and Carbon Management, from Scientific Instrument Makers (Glaziers Hall being the home of the their Worshipful Company) to Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – were on hand to talk to the students about their careers, to offer advice and guidance about qualifications and how to get on and to give insights into what their lives and their work are like.

It was an inspirational evening for those attending, and the professionals present were very impressed by the intelligence, commitment and enthusiasm of the students. As one said, ‘They asked all the right questions.’

Our thanks go to the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers for hosting the evening in their splendid riverside home, to the bodies who provided such generous support, to all the experts who gave up their time so readily to talk to the next generation of engineers, but especially to Old Kingstonians and KGS Friends Gopal Srinivasan and Claire Saul – and to Claire’s family, who were there in force – for being the driving forces behind the success of this wonderful occasion.

Please click here to view photographs of the event.