UCL Alumni


UCL Connect: How to...change careers

24 May 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

changing careers

Thinking of changing sector but not sure where to start? Hear from UCL alumni Heidi Allen, Mouhssin Ismail and Fawzi Abou-Chahine on how they successfully changed careers at this virtual event.

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UCL Connect: How to...change careers

With Heidi Allen, Mouhssin Ismail & Fawzi Abou-Chahine

The pandemic has resulted in what has been dubbed ‘the Great Resignation.’ With more people re-thinking the meaning and value of the work that they do, many are considering making a change in their career. The process can often be somewhat daunting, and many are unsure how to make the change. At this virtual event, three successful alumni who have navigated transitioning into a different sector will talk about their experiences and the advice they would give to someone who is considering changing careers.

UCL Connect is our event series dedicated to bringing professional development expertise directly to students and alumni around the globe. Whether you are established in your career or are unsure what to do post-graduation, our UCL Connect series has something for everyone.

If you are interested in catching up on previous Connect Events, you can watch them back here >>

About the Speakers

Heidi Allen

Chair at CHS Group

Heidi Allen is Chair of CHS Group, Strategic Adviser to the RSPCA, Feeding Britain Trustee and Hughes Hall By-Fellow. Heidi was the MP for South Cambridgeshire from 2015 until 2019. 

Heidi Allen

Mouhssin Ismail

Principal at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form

Mouhssin Ismail is the Principal of the Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (the NCS) and Director of Standards (Sixth Form) for the City of London Academies Trust.  Prior to becoming a teacher, he qualified and worked in the city as a banking and finance lawyer.  He completed his PGCE at the Institute of Education 2008 and began his teaching career as a business and economics teacher at Seven Kings High School in Ilford in July of that year. In 2014 he was appointed the founding Principal of the NCS which serves the second most deprived borough in London.  On the back of the success of NCS’ education model, two further institutions have been set up in Islington and Hackney to improve social mobility for students in London. 

Mouhssin Ismail

Dr Fawzi Abou-Chahine

Director at Chahine Communications

Dr. Fawzi Abou-Chahine is an innovation and communication specialist. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Bristol University, and a MSci in Chemistry from UCL. He transitioned from a career in academia to industry and now helps researchers present their work with confidence and find rewarding careers. He has recently published a book called "A Jobseeker's Diary" which helps PhD and postgraduate students overcome the challenges of job hunting.

Fawzi Abou-Chahine