Never too old to learn

Even at my advanced age, it’s great to learn from something new and different. I’m totally enjoying a brand new experience this week. I’ve had the opportunity to offer one-to-one interviews for all Year 9 pupils at Queen Mary’s High School. My harsh preconception was an elite school full of entitled clever-clogs. What a learning curve I’ve had. Every single pupil has been a delight and the exact opposite of my perceived stereotype. They are the most humble, lovely young people you could wish to meet.¬† They have been keen to discuss career options and are comfortable doing the research required to find the the right job for them. To be honest, I’d employ the lot of them right now.

Some noticed my business badge and ended up interviewing me! These are thirteen/fourteen year olds. It’s character-building to be on the receiving end, especially when it’s done with such warmth, intelligence and humour.

The school’s organisation has been spot-on too. What an incredible learning place.

Local companies should be aware we’ve got some future Engineers, IT Technicians and Construction Managers here.

 

A busy few days

What I love about my business is the sheer variety. Here’s a snapshot of the last few days.

SEE PROJECT

I was invited to run a workshop for the SEE Project for delegates from Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Holland and Turkey. I spoke about how I deliver Careers Advice and got them to do a short design, build and present STEM activity.

Lovely people and I was most impressed with the delegate from Turkey who bravely stood up in front of everyone to do his presentation in English. He did a great job. Much better than I could have done in Turkish.

ANTI-BULLYING DAY

Chase Terrace Technology College invited me to run a Bullying Awareness Day for Year 7 pupils. We discussed bullying issues in school and online then got them to write and deliver a presentation on bullying-prevention techniques.

An excellent day supported by Carole Hands (Helping Hands), Darren Christie (DWP) and Jacqui Pountney MBE.

CAREERS ADVICE 

As well as one-to-one interviews, I have also brought speakers into schools to give advice as industry professionals. Pictured is Hope Nightingale from Birmingham City University talking about careers in Arts, Media and Fashion to year 11 pupils at Aldridge School.

 

I am blessed to have found something I enjoy that also has the benefit of developing our young people.

 

 

Aldridge School Interact Team

I love developing partnerships and this is my latest one.

Aldridge School Sixth Form have created an Interact Club in partnership with the Rotary Club of Walsall. It’s an initiative to provide enrichment experiences for young people by supporting various Rotary Club activities.

The first Aldridge School Interact activity is to support the annual Santa Sleigh Fundraising event all around the Walsall area.

Pictured are the Interact Team in their fundraising outfits.

If you’re around Walsall in the next few days please give generously as all money raised will go towards Rotary Club nominated charities.