Since completing her International Baccalaureate Diploma at CTC in 2007, Joanne spent a summer volunteering at orphanages in Romania and then went on to study for her bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management and Business at Aston University. During this time, Joanne has experienced a diverse career journey, from mentoring post-16 students in North Solihull, winning three national awards for this work, to working in London as a freelance jazz music journalist for Jazzwise Magazine and The Guardian newspaper.
Joanne currently lives in Edinburgh and works across the UK and internationally as a HR Consultant for the Royal Bank of Scotland after completing a two-year graduate programme with this organisation.
The CTC provides students with phenomenal opportunities to develop diverse and varied skills, be it through great teaching of the curriculum, enrichment and extra curricular activities, or project week. I’d encourage students to really get involved in all that there is to offer and really use the time to find yourself, what you like, what your interests are and what you would like to take forwards in the future.
For example, getting involved and writing articles for the college newspaper, InsideOut, really sparked my interest in journalism and my subsequent decision to freelance for some of the best publications in the UK. Training and becoming a peer mentor at CTC encouraged me to continue mentoring whilst I was at university.
I firmly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t really embrace all of the opportunities that were available to me in school. I’d encourage students to be adventurous and open to learning new things!
I’d encourage students to really get involved in all that there is to offer and really use the time to find yourself, what you like, what your interests are and what you would like to take forwards in the future.