The BBC Bitesize Careers Tour stopped off in William Howard School today, delivering information about the diversity of opportunities available and advice on how to pursue a career in a range of settings.
In a panel style discussion, the host was BBC Sports presenter and BBC Stoke Radio Broadcaster, Lucas Yeoman. The panellists included Yas Rai, a Freelance Producer who this year has worked on The Voice with Will i Am, Olly Murs, Anne Marie and Tom Jones. Yas spoke about her route from school to working in TV and how subjects at school, particularly Performing Arts, supported her career ambitions.
Fellow panellist was Oliver Hill, a Freelance Researcher working with a range of industry experts for BBC Bitesize Careers as part of their education team. He has recently worked with Greg James on Rise and Fall, and The Great British Sewing Bee.
The third panellist was Kerry Jardine who is Commercial Assistant at Carlisle United. Kerry talked about her route into her role and how she is part of the team that designed the popular fruit salad football strip. She spoke about how sponsorship and working with businesses allows the club to grow.
Discussion was opened up to the audience by means of a rugby ball being passed. Questions posed included: what subjects they liked at school; who the most famous person they had worked with; and if they had ever ‘lost’ a celebrity. Amazingly, Yas admitted she had once lost Will-i-Am and found he had gone for a massage!
Amongst the presentation videos shown was a short film from Carlisle United which was made by one of our current Year 11 students who, this week, is there on her Work Experience placement with the marketing team.
WHS Careers Lead, Mrs Hill said: “It was fantastic to have the BBC in school, showing the students different routes into the world of work and bringing aspirations to life. We are grateful they chose William Howard School as part of their Bitesize tour.”