Creativity Campaign Still Making Students Think

12 December 2016

Ellen West, Head of Product Management in the Audiences and Media Department at the Royal Opera House, addressed 240 students at All Saints Catholic School.

Key Messages:

Ellen captured the attention of the students as her talk took them through the journey of her life since University. Giving insights about her own degree, Ellen believes that the skills acquired at degree level or any other further education undertaken are transferable and can be used in industries or organisations that you might not expect. This helped the students to understand the many and varied possibilities that any degree can provide and broadened their horizons.

The Q&A session included a discussion about work/life balance as well as digging down into all the career opportunities that can be accessed within the creative industries.

Students were surprised to hear the diverse range of roles required at that The Royal Opera house, far beyond singers and dancers. Most notably that the ROH hire Physio therapists – something the students didn’t expect to hear.

Student Feedback:

The students were engrossed some of the comments made were “Guest speaker was very thorough and covered lots of different areas” and “Q & A session was beneficial – the speaker gave lots of information in answer to the questions asked”.

Further Resources:

For more information about what the Royal Opera House can offer to your students, please use the links below:
ROH Apprenticeship & Work Experience programme

ROH YouTube channel

ROH Facebook page

Ellen joined the Royal Opera House in 2011 as Head of Online Content, and was appointed to her current role in 2016. She was born in Belfast and studied English and related literature at the University of York. She began her career at the BBC, where she worked on interactive content for programmes across BBC television and radio 1999–2011. She was a Clore Fellow in 2015/16.

Our thanks to Ellen for giving such an engaging talk and to All Saints Catholic School for providing this summary.