On Wednesday, St Andrew’s College welcomed back former student Alexander Lushnikov to give a talk about school, university and careers.
Alex attended St Andrew’s from 2008 – 2010 and achieved A*A*A*A*A* in his A Levels, before going on to read Business Management, Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London. He graduated with First Class Honours and then studied for a Master’s at LSE.
Alex has worked for Bloomberg LP and RBS, has interned in the House of Lords and co-founded a number of start-up companies. He currently works for innovative ‘smart bank’ Monzo. Oh, and he’s an international karate champion!
With such an impressive CV, who better to inspire our students to achieve at St Andrew’s College and beyond?
Alex began by advising students to work hard at their A Levels if they want to succeed in later life. A Levels open up opportunities to study at the world’s top universities, while the skills developed here will prepare students for further study, employment or even starting their own business.
Alex also claimed that he learned more at St Andrew’s than he did at university! The small class sizes and caring teachers helped him to develop academically, and he always felt that he could turn to College staff for assistance.
Alex’s Top Tips for St Andrew’s students
- Apply for work experience or internships with companies you admire – the younger you are, the better, don’t wait until your final year of university.
- Use your contacts: old school friends or teachers may be able to put you in touch with someone you want to work for.
- If you’re applying to a top university, you need to stand out. When Alex wanted to apply to LSC, he emailed the University Director, who arranged a meeting between Alex and the Head of Department. Alex was able to mention this meeting in his application, which demonstrated his enthusiasm and won him a place on the course.
- Talk to people! When Alex arrived in the UK, he was very shy, so he forced himself to talk to everyone. This built up his confidence and enabled him to make friends and connections.
- Shoot as high as you can – and do it now. Want to intern for a big company? Email the CEO. Applying for university? Contact the Head of Department. Got a business idea? Work on it. Aim high and don’t procrastinate!