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Careers and Guidance Talk - Nye Williams-Renouf

Published on 28/02/23

The Stephen Perse Sixth Form talks introduce all Year 12 and 13 students to perspectives beyond the curriculum.

Designed to cross disciplines they challenge preconceptions, broaden horizons and expand thoughts on future degree and career paths. On 2 December we were delighted to welcome Nye Williams-Renouf, an alumnus of Stephen Perse, from his current position as a Senior Policy Advisor at HM Treasury, the UK Government's economic and finance ministry, where he currently works on trade policy.

Nye was one of the first boys to join the Stephen Perse Sixth Form when it became co-educational. His reflections on the work versus social challenges whilst completing five A levels were inspirational. Nye also established the Stephen Perse Model United Nations programme 13 years ago, and this talk coincided with the launch of our CamMUN 2022 conference that same evening.

Nye read law at Cambridge University and then undertook an Erasmus year studying politics in Madrid, Nye was keen to highlight the importance of interests outside the classroom. Working part time whilst studying led to teaching English Literature in New Zealand, and then a MA in EU International Relations at the Collège d'Europe, in Belgium, before joining the Treasury Graduate Scheme.

Nye answered questions diplomatically on dealing with a string of prime ministers and their civil servants during 2022 whilst also acknowledging the high level of competition that entering the Civil Service Graduate Scheme involves (and tips for applying!). He was of no doubt that his range of interests founded whilst at Stephen Perse supported his recruitment to his ‘job of a lifetime’ and subsequent promotions.

Nye finished his visit with a tour of the Sixth Form and meeting teachers and tutors from his time at the school.