Career Talks & Lectures

All students are welcome to attend our series of lunchtime careers’ talks. A diverse range of career options will be described by external speakers giving students a chance to gain an insight into possible career routes for themselves. Each presentation will be followed by opportunities for students to ask questions of the professionals.

All talks take place on Tuesday's (unless otherwise stated) at lunch time 1.00 - 1.35 pm in the Chapel.

Autumn Term 2023 - Forthcoming Careers Talks:

Lunchtime Careers talks are usually held at 1.05 pm in The Chapel.

On Tuesday 26 September we welcome Old Olavian Paul Edwards to deliver a careers talk in the chapel at 1pm. Mr Edwards, founder of his own business will give a presentation on commercial management, charity fundraising and overseas, summer camp volunteering opportunities for pupils.

During his extensive career he has worked on some of the country’s biggest civil engineering projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Croydon Tramlink, Blackfriars and London Bridge Stations, Crossrail and HS2. He continues to run his own consultancy and supports the palliative care charity Hospices of Hope. Mr Edwards will give advice on how to thrive in the world of commercial management and will also speak to students about possible summer work opportunities with Hospices of Hope

The invitation to attend Mr Edwards’ talk about his career is open to all Olavians. Please see Mr Edward's biography to learn more about his work.

Year 13 Lecture Series

Year 13’s successful lecture series opens with a careers focus on Friday 15 September. Old Olavian Catherine Costley will speak to the Upper Sixth about her career as a solicitor. Ms Costley, Partner at law firm Payne Hicks Beach, was in the very first Sixth Form cohort of girls at St Olave’s in 1998.

She will educate students about routes into law, differentiating between the legal occupations of lawyer and solicitor and will speak about necessary employability skills which are required in all professions.

Please see Ms Costley’s biography. Year 13 will be duly inspired by her lecture. Catherine Costley - Payne Hicks Beach (

Work Experience and Careers information is updated regularly on this website / If you have any questions, please contact: