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Visual Effects from the inside: school talk & work experience with Industrial Light & Magic

6 September 2019

Last month, Industrial Light & Magic participated in Speakers for Schools’ Speaker Programme and S4SNextGen Work Experience Programme. First, year 9 and 10 students at Thomas Tallis School had the opportunity to hear from one of the Visual Effects industry’s top figures, Louise Hussey. A few weeks later, ILM hosted their first S4SNextGen work experience […]

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Penguin Random House gives S4SNextGen students a taste of the world of publishing

30 August 2019

NextGen students at a table with Penguin Random House staff during work experience

World-leading publishers Penguin Random House welcomed eight sixth form students to their Strand offices in August for a week of industry insights and practical experience. The students spent the week with different staff and departments, including publicity, marketing and editorial and learned more about the publishing process. One said, “I didn’t realise how many sectors […]

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“I did not know about the variety of careers in the creative industries”

27 August 2019

We kicked off the Creative Careers Programme talk series with a whole variety of talks from speakers within the Creative Industries, last academic year. Here is a selection of talks from our speakers, spanning fine art, science, music, publishing and animation & visual effects.     Maureen Paley, Artist and Gallery Owner World renowned artist, […]

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Actor Paterson Joseph: “Think about the creative industries as a whole village of people who are doing different jobs” 

5 August 2019

Paterson Joseph, photographed by Peter Kindersley

Year 9’s had the chance to see Actor Paterson Joseph interviewed about his career, life lessons and opportunities in the creative sectors – they also had the chance to put their own questions to Paterson! Paterson shared insights from his career and discussed his passion for acting and the creative sectors, telling the audience he […]

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Supermodel, Icon and Activist Naomi Campbell shares her life lessons with Jamal Edwards and S4S

31 July 2019

Over 150 students in South London had the chance to see Jamal Edwards interview Naomi Campbell about confidence, resilience, diversity in fashion and making time to give back.     Naomi shared insights from her career from being scouted in Covent Garden at 15 to becoming the first Black woman on the cover of French […]

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A snapshot of the Summer Term

23 July 2019

The summer term saw hundreds of speakers delivering talks in schools across the UK. Here are just a few examples of speakers sharing their insights and inspiration with students. “Be calculated in your careers decisions. Play the chances in your favour. Take advantage of your opportunities.” In June, Fiona Dunsire shared her experiences and advice […]

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Facebook VP, Lady Nicola Mendelsohn shares life lessons with Year 10’s

7 June 2019

Photo of audience of students in blue jackets listening to Lady Nicola Mendelsohn talking from behind a podium in a large white room with a banner with the Speakers for Schools logo behind her and to the right.

This week students had the chance to hear from Facebook Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn about her experiences that unexpectedly landed her in the tech sector, her top tips for success and the future of technology. “You are always learning. Do not think that when you finish school- that’s it. Learning takes on so many different […]

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