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Sixth-formers inspired by alumni words of wisdom


Alumni at the Futures FestivalMiddlesex University alumni returned to campus on 24 September to give inspirational talks to A Level pupils from across north London.

The former students were invited to come and give presentations to around 600 16 and 17-year-olds as part of the Futures Festival – a day-long event designed to give school pupils a taster of university life.

Throughout the day, the sixth-formers from local schools and colleges attended workshops relevant to their subjects. Favourite among these were the mock trial for law students and the practical experiments for those considering a science degree.

The festival culminated in a series of sessions hosted by Middlesex University alumni, during which they shared their experiences of life post-university and what it takes to make the successful jump into a graduate career.

Joakim Feltborg, a BA Economics and Finance alumnus who is now a Business Partner Lead and Business Operations Analyst for IBM, was one of those to return and give a presentation.

"I had a blast taking part in the Futures Festival event at Middlesex University," he said.

"I was delighted to be part of an initiative that is designed to motivate the next generation into thinking about what they want to study and do after high school or college."

Other former students who gave talks included LLB alumna Fiorina Fortunato, Head of the Real Estate Department at A City Law Firm and Founder of Fortunato Solutions; Leroy Dios Dos Santos, BA Dance alumnus and member of the street dance troupe and internet sensation Flawless; and Simon Challis, a former BSc Information Technology and Networking student who has secured a place on easyJet's graduate recruitment scheme.

BA Product Design alumni Adam Amos and Kieron Scott-Woodhouse were also in attendance to discuss their respective entrepreneurial ventures and how their degree helped them establish their own companies.

"It was a superb event, I cannot praise it enough," said Angela Beatty, Head of Sixth Form at Whitefield School in Barnet.

"Never before have a group come back to school so inspired and enthusiastic about what the future could hold for them if they apply themselves."If returning to Middlesex to help inspire the next generation of students is something that interests you please get in touch with your Alumni Relations team to find out more.

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