Sonam Nawaz

Class of 2006

My life after FV has certainly been an adventure!  The only thing I knew was that I wanted to go to college and university but I had no idea of what I wanted to study. From studying subjects such as PE, RE, Music and Design & Technology (Woodwork) at school, I went on to study Music, Economics, Psychology and Maths for my A-Levels.

I then decided to study Law at Sheffield Hallam University. I came out of University not wanting to become a solicitor or barrister, instead I got a job in services for young offenders.

I then landed my current job, as a civil servant.  It is a high profile job with a lot of responsibility, but I enjoy it.  I work remotely from Sheffield but travel regularly to our office in London. An interesting fact is that when I’m in London I work on the same floor as the Home Secretary and other Ministers (yes it’s pretty cool!). My role involves looking after the Director as well as liaising with Directors in our overseas offices and leading on some of the transformation projects.

Whilst at school we lived by a motto - making dreams a reality - and I try and do that. I could say I have been lucky in what I have done but I would not have got here without the support of my teachers at school.  I’m always asked by friends or colleagues about what was the best phase of my study life and I always say my time at Fir Vale was the best time! Not only do I try and give back my time to Fir Vale through career fairs or workshops but I’m still in touch with some of the teachers!

Message to students

Once your in Y9 have a set goal in mind of what career you wish to pursue, explore your options. But remember to do something that interests you.

Tap in to the support mechanisms you have available through your teachers, career advisors or through past students to see what intrigues you. I was always determined to grasp all the opportunities that were thrown at me. You have to do what is best for you!

Also take up volunteering opportunities, it allows you to build on a variety of skills, attribute and experiences and prepares you ahead of others.