Scotland Talk Highlights

7 June 2017

Andy Kilgour – Lochgelly High School

Andy Kilgour, Regional Director of RBS Corporate Banking Division provided Lochgelly High School with an insight into the financial services sector and how he got into the profession. As well as this, Andy spoke to the students about the transferable skills and attributes needed to be successful, not only in finance, but in any career. The students found how Andy spoke about earning qualifications whilst working interesting. They were prepared to fire off many questions in the Q&A session and to pin point exactly what they wanted to know from Andy. They also commented on how great it was to hear from someone who went to a similar type of school who had experienced such an interesting and successful career.

Q+A Prep sheets for talks can be found here and can be used to help students prepare for an interactive Q&A with the speaker.

Jo Dipple – Craigroyston Community High School

Former Head of UK Music, Jo Dipple spoke to 100 students from a range of year groups about opportunities within the music industry. This included a panel of people who shared their routes into employment which struck a chord with the students followed by a music workshop.

Peter MacMahon – Berwickshire High School

Peter MacMahon, ITV Border Political Editor and Presenter of Representing Border gave 120 students from Berwickshire High School a talk that focused on “Being a Journalist in a Social Media World” which drew on his various experiences, the change in the media from print to online journalism as well as how to report on politics fairly. As well as this, Peter imparted his wisdom to students wanting to get a job in the media.

After the talk Peter was even interviewed by some of the students!

Margaret McPherson – Ardrossan Academy

Margaret McPherson, Founder and Director of Intelligent Office UK, gave a talk to 140 students around the theme of “Breaking the Status Quo: Changing Aspirations”.  Margaret drew upon her own personal experiences at school, college, work and then going on to set up her own business. She also highlighted the lessons she had learnt at each different stage of her school and working life. She drew upon the school’s core values of ambition, respect and excellence throughout the talk, which students commented on and said Margaret was “inspiring”.

Nick Mayberry – Lasswade High School Centre

Nick Mayberry, Head of Sales at Lombard (Scotland & Northern Ireland) focused his talks around the school’s core values to dream, believe and achieve. He spoke to 300 students with the aim of inspiring and encouraging them to think about what they want to do when they leave school. He also spoke to the students about his own career and life experiences and related his industry back to Lasswade High School’s core values.

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Teacher feedback following a talk from Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress

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