ALUMNI networking event

28th June 2016 By: irina.nedelcu@annafreud.org

On Monday May 16th 2016, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families hosted the first Alumni Networking Event. 

On Monday May 16th 2016, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families hosted the first Alumni Networking Event which was an enormous success and allowed current students and recent alumni to gather together and find out more about a number of different and popular career paths navigated by graduates from our postgraduate programmes.  We had over 60 attendees at the event and this number included students from across all postgraduate programmes, and a number of recent graduates/alumni.  They were privileged to hear from 25 of our graduates who generously gave up their time to come to the event and take part in various sessions.

The networking event began with a panel of six very recent graduates from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families who are in current work and planning on particular career paths.   These graduates (Sophie Papa, Stephen O’Sullivan, Kalia Cleridou, Maria Paz Saenz, Brooke Smyth, Oonagh Buckley) provided informative and compelling accounts of their experiences. Following this, attendees were able to go along to separate rooms, each of which hosted interactive talks dedicated to different professions. We were fortunate to have a wonderful range of current trainees and graduated professionals, all of whom had been former students at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. These sessions allowed current students and alumni to hear about career journeys, experiences, practicalities and struggles. We would like to thank our talented and dedicated contributors to this networking event: Clinical Psychology (Emma-Jane Smith, Jacob Clark, An Tong Lee), Child Psychotherapy (Sarah Peter, Eva Crasnow, Edwin Fenn, Danny Isaacs, Theodora Manolopoulou), PhD (Mattia Gerrin, Marianna Von Mohr, Elena Panagiotopoulou, Claire Powell, Leonardo Bevilacqua), Educational Psychology (Emma Sheffield, Carla Steytler) and Adult Mental Health (Tim Neville, Ozden Bayraktar, Jessica Sleeter, Jeffy Ho). Feedback from the event has been very positive indeed and we will no doubt repeat and improve this event in the not too distant future.  

Thank you too for the team of staff who gave up their time – Kay Asquith, Fiona John, Inge Pretorius, Irina Nedelcu, Sara Greenwood, Claire Prescott).