Kishan Bodalia OW
What are your fondest memories of being at Warwick School?
I loved being part of the school jazz bands and orchestras, playing the saxophone, clarinet and piano! Having the opportunity to perform on stage alongside my friends was an amazing feeling and has given me the confidence to DJ to thousands at clubs and festivals around the world.
Where and what did you study after leaving Warwick? What did you enjoy about it/give you?
I went to the University of Birmingham to study medicine, and also did an “intercalated” degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University. I enjoyed making new friends with similar interests, trying out new sports and activities (I learnt Muay Thai which was a lot of fun) and building my music career.
What is your current role?
I currently work as a doctor in A&E, occasionally appearing as a doctor on television too! I also DJ - this was initially just a hobby but has now turned into a career.
Has your career had any unexpected or unusual twists?
During my first year working as a doctor, the COVID-19 pandemic struck… we certainly didn’t expect it and it presented a number of challenges. I’m lucky to have an amazing team around me at work and we’re getting through it together. During this period, as my social media profile has grown (through doing DJ sets online). As a result, I have become a media doctor, regularly appearing on national television and radio, representing a number of NHS campaigns and delivering important health messages - definitely an unusual (but exciting) twist as I never expected I’d be doing this!
Have you been involved in any other interesting activities/occupations since leaving school?
At university, I co-founded a record label with my friends called “New Street Records”, aiming to sign and develop student artists and build the entrepreneurial skillset of our team. This project enabled us to understand how the music industry works and build our networks. We now have two branches in the UK (in Birmingham and Manchester) with a team of over 50 students involved. My co-director and I received the “Points of Light” award from the Prime Minister for our voluntary contribution to the student music scene. It’s amazing to now see our friends from the label securing their dream jobs in music.
How has your time at Warwick helped you in your career?
My time at Warwick was really special. As well as studying core subjects, I was able to develop at my sports and music. I loved being part of teams. In my role as “Head of School” I spoke publicly on a number of occasions - this allowed me to develop my communications skills and gave me confidence to speak to large audiences.
Did any one person at Warwick have a positive influence on you and/or your career aspirations?
My saxophone teacher Mr Allison has had a huge impact on my career. He first taught me clarinet at the age of 8, then when I was tall enough, we moved onto the saxophone! With his support, I was able to perform in many school bands and achieve a music scholarship. This gave me a foundation to build my DJ career from.
Are there any other defining points in your career/life post Warwick that you could share?
As part of my medical degree I worked in a hospital in Malaysia for a few weeks. Whilst abroad, I had the opportunity to explore the Borneo rainforest which was an incredible experience and inspired me to travel more.
Are you still in touch with other OWs and if so, do you get together?
I stay in touch with my friends from school and we try to meet as often as we can (even though some of them live in different countries!). I’ve also crossed paths with other OWs over the last few years who I didn’t already know from school - it’s a small world.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
My number one piece of advice would be to try as many things as possible to find out what you enjoy!