Published on November 10, 2021

We love to see what our students go on to achieve in their careers when they finish their courses with us. We especially love it when they then come back to show our current students their success! 

When our alumni return as guest speakers, they help to inspire our students by putting their learning into perspective and demonstrating the opportunities that are open to them. This professional network also helps prepare our students to enter their chosen careers, building up their connections and their professional experience. 

This term we were delighted to welcome back Piran Dewey, a former student who now works as the sous-chef for The Fox at Willian. Piran studied at North Hertfordshire College in 2014 and took time out of his busy schedule to speak to our Level 3 Catering students about his career path and the experiences he picked up along the way. Students were also lucky enough to participate in a practical cooking session, led by Piran, creating a classic Cod Grenobloise. 

Fashion students have also recently started a project with former student Harriet Saywood-Bellisario, gaining valuable experience in the field. Since finishing her course at NHC, Harriet has graduated from the London College of Fashion and has started her own sustainable contemporary London womenswear label, Saywood. Our fashion students are working alongside Harriet to create designs for a live brief in the women’s fashion market, helping to build their portfolios and their understanding of the industry. 

On top of this, our students also heard from Sam Moorby, a PC with Hertfordshire Constabulary. Sam previously studied a course in Public Services at NHC and came in to talk to our students about his path from the College through to his current role in the police force. 

Talks and experiences like these help our students understand their available career opportunities. Josh Harding, a Level 3 Travel and Tourism student, said: “it’s inspirational that you don’t just have to have grades to be able to do what you want with your life, passion and a good understanding of what you’ve learnt are equally important.” 

Vicky Lang, one of our Business, Tourism and Events tutors, said: “I absolutely believe getting past students back into the College is a crucial part of the curriculum. It provides students with realistic expectations and inspires them to realise what they can achieve following their programme. I’d advocate any department or curriculum to get past students in to enrich and enhance the curriculums.” 

If you’ve previously studied a course at North Hertfordshire College, why not get in touch to arrange a session as a guest speaker? Help inspire the next generation by telling them about your career journey – get in touch with our marketing team to arrange a visit!