Alumnus Lucas Streeter tells us how Seaford supported him in his decision to go straight into the workplace after leaving school.
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I’m a market supervisor at Cboe Global Markets, the largest equities exchange in Europe.What led you to pursue a career in this field?
I have always had a keen desire to enter the field of finance and in particular I have enjoyed studying equities, so for me this was a natural choice. I made my A Level choices to help me follow this potential career path. Why did you decide to go straight into the workplace after Seaford rather than university?
For me personally, I didn’t see the value of attending a university. I believed that I could enter my desired field and come out the other side 3 years later at a graduate level or above with real working experience. In the process, I would also not only earn money but also save on the high cost of attending university. I was also ready for a break from formal education and knew that this was the right choice for me. How did Seaford support you with this?
Whereas some schools might be more focused on ‘we sent x number of pupils to university’, Seaford embraced the idea and helped me plan my departure from school so that I would be ready to jump straight into the workforce. Particularly Mr Yates, Mr Pitteway, Mr Crook and Mr Reynolds. How did doing work experience help you?
My Tutor at Seaford allowed me to take time out to do work experience in the City in my final year. This experience helped me by focusing my efforts on the finance sector. This gave me the drive to keep going, even when sometimes I felt like I was going backwards to go forwards. It also helped me stand out and get my CV noticed. What advice do you have for current Seaford pupils thinking of following the same path as you?
Even if you have decided that university isn’t for you, make sure that you maintain focus on your A Levels as you will need these strong results to put on your CV. Additionally, organise work experience that you can put on your CV to help you stand out from the crowd. This is where you can take full advantage of Seaford as you’re more than likely to find someone’s parents that work in your desired field that you could potentially ask for work experience or advice. What do you do alongside work?
Going to the gym and meeting up with friends is predominately what I do in my free time, although it is difficult sometimes to organise things due to the early starts/late finishes. What are your plans for the future?
Over the next few years I will strive to become an expert in my field and look to take some additional qualifications to further my understanding, so that I may add value to whatever organisation I am a part of. Beyond that I will see what opportunities present themselves. What are your happiest memories from your time at Seaford?
Playing golf on a summer’s afternoon is definitely something I miss.What do you feel were the greatest benefits of attending Seaford?
For me, I’m a big believer that Seaford shaped my character for the better, which as a result has enabled me to get to where I am. Are you still in touch with many other alumni?
Yes, quite a few. Most of which I talk to daily and meet up as much as possible. When was the last time you were back at the school?
Last time I was back was for the Remembrance Service.