Lower school was off timetable today for Careers Day. The event began with an inspiring talk from Ben Smith, who set a world record for running 401 marathons in 401 days. Ben decided to take up running to get fit following a stroke whilst in his 20's. He also wanted to raise £250k for two anti-bullying charities - to date he has raised over £330k. Ben is now in the process of preparing for a new challenge in 2020.
Henry Scotland was next to speak to the students. Henry's company is a multi-award winning creative marketing agency that works on global brands including Champions League, Adidas and Samsung. The students were very excited to hear about some of the people Henry has worked with to date, including Lionel Messi, Royal Blood and Justin Bieber!
Lindsay Hawdon is a travel writer and author. Her travels have taken Lindsay to approximately 85 countries around the globe. Her most recent trip, inspired by her novel 'Jakob’s Colours', took Lindsay and her two sons to seven different countries to find the origin of seven different colours. Lindsay and her sons raised money for the charity War Child as they travelled.
Following these talks, the students were split into groups and rotated to various workshops: an online careers programme; a finance session that discussed 'risk v reward'; and a life skills programme, originated by Barclays, entitled 'Get to know yourself.'
After lunch the students were treated to a final talk from Olympic Champion, Jason Gardner MBE. Jason stressed that talent can only take you so far - you have to work hard to achieve your goals. Sport can help a person to learn how to achieve and to learn how to get over the disappointment of failing. The GB 4x100 relay team had been written off by the British press on the morning of the Athens Olympic final in 2004. The team itself believed it could win, and proved the press wrong by beating the US team by one hundredth of a second to win gold. Jason is now President of UK Athletics.
Our thanks to all our guest speakers, and to Mr Fitzpatrick for organising an inspiring day.