Head Start careers lunches inspire students

Last week at St George's College, students from a range of different year groups were invited to attend two Head Start careers lunches to meet some inspirational speakers and and get some perspective on their future career and study choices.

First of all on Tuesday 21 March, students from Fifth Year to Upper Sixth were invited to join former Strategy Director for Coca-Cola Enterprises Jason Hood for a talk on the world of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) over the course of a lunch.

Jason has enjoyed a career of 20 years in the world of FMCG and brought all his expertise with him when talking to the students. Jason also engaged with the students through a selection of drinks he brought and asked them to rank them in varying criteria. The students responded enthusiastically to the task and drew some very poignant observations from the interaction.

Jason then discussed with them the psychology behind marketing soft drinks and explained the success and popularity of varying brands, much to the fascination of the students.

The students benefitted hugely from Jason’s insight into the world of Sales and Marketing and particularly enjoyed being able to engage in conversation with him.

Then, on Thursday 23 March, a group of students from Third Year to Upper Sixth were invited to join actor extraordinaire James Copeland (Cosmo) for a very special careers' lunch. This was a very popular Head Start lunch and with so many students interested in attending St George's may have to ask James if he is able to come back and host another one for us in the future!

Over the course of the lunch, hosted in the College's Walter Munton Room, James discussed many aspects of his acting career, including his humble beginnings gate crashing his father’s film set aged 15 (as his father was also an actor) and landing a job on the same film by chance. When asked by the producers “Are you an actor too?” James promptly replied “Yes”, much to his father’s surprise.

James has had a vast and varied career in acting and shared many experiences, stories and tips with the students, including details about some of his favourite directors such as Danny Boyle. He talked about how brilliant the British talent in the technical side of film making and acting is and that we are renowned for these skills all over the world. When asked by the students whether he preferred theatre or film, James immediately replied that his first love and where he feels most comfortable is on film and in front of the camera.

All of the students benefitted hugely from the lunch, giving those considering study in the field a valuable insight. James encouraged all students to pursue acting if that was their passion and said that sometimes it was down to luck and being in the right place at the right time that secured a role. The Headmistress, Mrs Owens, came to listen to James speak and was able to see the impact he had on the students.

These lunches provide a unique and more formal experience than other career events, meaning the students can engage in conversation with experts rather than a more traditional question and answer forum.

St George’s greatly appreciates involvement from the Georgian Family and would like to say a special thank you to Jason and James for giving up their time to support our students in helping shape their future career and study choices. 

29 March 2017

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