Emily Halliday, 2016

Emily Halliday left The Abbey in 2016 to study a degree in Business Management and Marketing at the University of Exeter.

Emily has just launched her first podcast ‘The Glowgetters’, speaking to an inspiring group of women (and men!) in various industries to discuss their careers and how they got to where they are today.


When did you leave The Abbey and what are you doing now?

I left the School in 2016 and started my degree at the University of Exeter in Business Management and Marketing. After I graduated in 2019, I began working at a financial consultancy firm in London where I currently work in operations at associate level.
Day-to-day, my job involves a lot of project management which has given me a strong understanding of business systems and how they work. The Abbey instilled in me the importance of organisation and accountability. These skills have stuck with me still and I use them everyday.
In my spare time, I have created and been working on producing “The Glowgetters Podcast”. To mark the beginning of Women’s History Month, we officially launched on 1st March 2021.  The concept behind this podcast series is to speak to an inspiring group of women (and men) in various industries to discuss their careers and how they got to where they are today. Many of my guests, so far, are my talented friends and acquaintances that I admire for their ambition and tenacity. I will be taking full advantage of this unique opportunity to understand how my guests work best and how they look after themselves – especially in these challenging and uncertain times in which we could all use a little extra motivation. Our chats will be candid and honest that I hope, in turn, will inspire other people to be open about their experiences of both wins and struggles. Ultimately, I hope to encourage other women to be the best possible version of themselves which will look different for everyone. I would not be the person I am today without a group of amazing women and men that have lifted me up, supported and inspired me to always want to be better. For this reason, I want to create a space online where we can all do the same for each other.


What do you miss the most about The Abbey?

Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have missed being able to connect so easily with my friends. Whilst we are in touch via social media, and still support one another from afar, I miss seeing people on a daily basis! I am very much looking forward to a safe future where we can all be together again more freely. Fortunately, I am comfortable with the fact that my friends are thriving, despite everything going on, and I have learnt that we will always be there for each other in times of doubt.


 What would you say is your biggest achievement? 

Though I am incredibly proud of my degree in business and how much I have grown in my career, I love and thrive most when I allow myself to be more creative. Last year, I produced and sold 10 pieces of my own art. This was an eye-opening experience for me and I enjoyed the opportunity to share something that meant a lot to me with the world. I appreciate that I am fortunate enough to have a creative outlet as these times can be challenging without proper distraction. Equally, setting up The Glowgetters Podcast is a huge moment for me and I hope that it will be my biggest achievement to date. Stay tuned.


What advice would you give to current students?

My advice to current students is three-fold:

1) You still have your whole life ahead of you! Use this incredible opportunity to work hard with all of the amazing resources that The Abbey School provides you with.

2) Ask questions. You are surrounded by peers and teachers who are all willing to share their experiences and want to help. It’s amazing what we can learn when we listen to each other. 

3) Stop comparing yourself to other people. With The Glowgetters Podcast, I hope to help us all see why we need to stop incessantly comparing ourselves to others as it only leads to negative thoughts. 


We are all prone to thinking in this way, particularly in the age of social media, but it is important to recognise that it isn’t helpful to anyone. Whilst we may have gone to the same school or taken similar exams; everyone is on their own individual path.
My advice would be just to do you. Figure out what makes you happy and focus on that. The beauty of this is that we can still support our friends and understand that their achievements are our achievements. 

I want to remind us all that, instead of tearing each other down, we can lift each other up. 

Apple link: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-glowgetters-podcast/id1553279376

Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/show/6HpY2DRDFJOyeVQ3ylUzms?si=JUgcPN61T9-IhpQidruDpw