Meet the New Teacher – Charlotte Hamilton – Secondary Careers and Universities Counsellor


Introducing our new Careers and Universities Counsellor Charlotte Hamilton.

Charlotte graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Politics with Sociology and earned an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She earned her diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in counselling.

“I am from a town not far from Heathrow, I enjoy reading. Film and travelling. My favourite author is Haruki Murakami and I really like George Orwell as well as dystopian and crime fiction.

Early in my career I taught English in Hong Kong and then China. This was followed by working in the not-for-profit sector. I moved into Higher Education and then as an international recruitment manager and undergraduate admissions.

I’ve worked in university admissions in the UK for about 11 years, almost seven of which were at the University of Oxford working in Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach. During my time in the university sector I worked across East and South East Asia as well as in widening access in the UK. I’ve been really interested in crossing sides of the desk for some time now and having recently qualified as a psychotherapist, it felt like a good time to make that transition. I really wanted a job where I had more interaction with students and having lived and worked in China and Hong Kong in the past, I am familiar with Asia. I had visited Bangkok Patana School several times in the past to present on university admissions and run interview workshops, so I was familiar with the school. I really liked the ethos and the feel of the school and the people, who seemed down to earth and friendly. I also love that although it’s a huge school, there is so much greenery and it’s a pretty campus.

From the university counselling perspective, I am looking forward to helping prepare students for the academic and career challenges that lie ahead for them, as well as motivating them to learn and explore the opportunities available to them and encouraging them to make decisions that are right for them. On the social and emotional side of things I believe in encouraging openness around mental health, showing compassion and providing a safe and confidential environment where people affected by mental health issues are able to open up and discuss their issues.

My main role is in university and careers counselling, but I am working in emotional and social counselling too.”

Learn about all our new teachers here: https://www.patana.ac.th/new-teachers-2019-20/