Stratford School sixth formers motivated for future careers

By IH Monday 30 December 2013 Updated: 31/12 09:00

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MOTIVATION was the name of the game for students at Stratford School

Sixth form students were recently treated to the motivational speaking prowess of Mark Powlett. The talk was arranged by the school’s Careers Advice and Guidance Manager David Wallace and was part of the year group’s career development education programme which he coordinates within school.

The talk aimed to demonstrate the different directions careers can take and that starting out on one path does not exclude other career choices later in life.

Mr Powlett started out his career working for IBM then retrained in drama and has been an actor - notably the policeman in Brum -, a radio presenter and a stand-up comedian.

Mr Wallace said: "Mark Powlett has a tremendously enthusiastic and positive character and having changed career direction successfully so many times he is a perfect person to talk to our students about the nature of adapting to an ever-changing work market.

"It is very unlikely that a young person will stay in a single job for life and our students need to learn to accept and drive change in their lives and career paths. Learning is not something that should finish at a government decided time in your life, instead it can become part of your life and career and enable you to pursue a successful, enjoyable but varied career path."

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