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5 Questions With...Karen Wilcock

Karen had a firm idea of what she wanted to do when she left school, but what advice does her mum always give her?
Karen Wilcock
Karen Wilcock

Length of service at Prior's Field (in 2020): 15 years

Department: Deputy Head (Academic)/ Maths

1. Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing after you left school?

Yes. I decided I wanted to teach during my first year at university. Before starting university I thought I wanted to work in finance but a work experience stint in Sixth Form allowed me to discover this wasn’t for me. I started volunteering in a primary school at uni and from there the rest is history.

2. What would you say is your biggest achievement, the thing you’re most proud of professionally or personally? 

Becoming a Mum and juggling everything that goes with it whilst working. I’ve not forgotten her (yet) although she still remembers being the last one to be picked up from after school care on her birthday!

3. If you could have an inspirational leader to a dinner party, who would it be and why?

Sir Matt Busby and the way he rebuilt a team and went on to have such success after the Munich Air Disaster.

4. Do you have a favourite quote, expression or mantra which inspires you to keep going?

Treat others the way you wish to be treated is a favourite and as my Mum always says ‘patience is a virtue’.

5. What advice would you give to today’s girls who may be wondering which path to take beyond school?

Try things and don’t rush into doing things that may change your life forever. Make the most of opportunities and remember that you will be working for a long time so if you have the opportunity to take a gap year, go travelling or generally experience something new do it and know that those experiences will help shape you forever. My biggest regret is buying a house at 22 when I started working, having gone straight from school to sixth form, university and then work so never having taken time and then having the responsibility of a house meant that I couldn’t do those things.

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