Five ex-students from saltash.net community school have volunteered their time to share their careers experiences with current year 12s to help them with their own experiences.
Four of the ex-students returned to the school in person to speak to students last week. Three of them – Rev Counter who works at the Cabinet Office, Mike Badham of Cisco Systems, and Darren Chapple of the RAF and England Boxing – left the school in the 1980s and were able to share the valuable insights they have gleaned from their diverse and varied careers. In addition Mike’s daughter Emily, who left in 2015 and currently works for Tempus Leisure before taking up a place at Bath Spa University in September 2016, shared her experiences of being a recent leaver, highlighting the value of work experience and research to current students only a little younger than her.
Ruth Nelson, who works in Paris for Louis Vuitton, will be Skyping students from France in a forthcoming assembly to share her own experiences of working abroad.
The event was organised in conjunction with the Future First programme, which works to send ex-students into schools to help guide and encourage the next generation into developing and achieving their own career aims.
Head of Sixth Form, Adam Killeya, who organised the talk said, “It was fantastic to have such a range of experiences for the students to learn from. All of our guests gave immensely helpful insights into what has helped them succeed, emphasising the importance of both following your dreams and being prepared to grasp different and exciting opportunities as they come up.”