Alumni - Bethanie Watts
I started Manningtree in 2006 and had little idea of what I wanted to do afterwards. I was definitely more of an artistic based student, favouring art, history and English over science, geography and maths.
My favourite teacher by far was Mr Jones for English – he definitely believed in my ability and would always motivate me to better myself. I certainly still carry that motivation today and I can’t thank Mr Jones enough for showing me that I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it.
I have great memories of being at Manningtree and still hold some of the amazing friendships I made during my time at school. For work experience in year 10, I worked at a Rehabilitation Centre for Wildlife Animals which was absolutely amazing. This, alongside the interviews required for becoming a prefect, prepared me for the working world that was to come after school. I also have fond memories of performing in Manningtree’s Got Talent with my younger sister, and I’ll never forget the great reaction we got singing “Oh Happy Day” from Sister Act.
After Manningtree, I went to Colchester Sixth Form College to study A Levels in Sociology, Law, English Literature and Photography. I then went to Essex University to study a Bachelors Degree in Criminology with a year living and studying abroad in Germany, followed by a Masters Degree in Marketing and Business. I soon became the Social Secretary for an Essex Blades Sports Club, organising all the social events and parties which lead to winning Social Club of the Year awarded by the Essex University Sports Federation.
Since graduating from my Masters Degree a few years ago, I have delved into the professional field of Marketing, holding various roles and slowly working my way up. I am now Head of Marketing at a nationwide-company and I love it. I have also recently continued my passion for academia and have just been accepted onto a PhD course for criminal psychology, which may in turn lead me into the criminal profiling profession but only time will tell – I really do believe that you can succeed in anything if you put your mind to it.
I definitely believe what I’ve achieved so far is down to the drive that Manningtree instilled within me and I am certain that my time at school provided me with the foundations for success.