Making speeches, presenting products, services and marketing strategies have all been quite prevalent in my career, however when you’re asked to give a careers talk to a group of 40 children, you still can’t help get a bit nervous (an expectant face from one of your own is bad enough let alone 40 of them!).
National Careers Week is from 3rd to 7th March in 2014 and Endeavour School in Andover, Hampshire focused on careers early in the year’s curriculum, asking parents and associates to come in to chat to different groups of children on their working life.
Gladly I accepted and indulged the children in the joys and the hardship of publishing a magazine. We talked about how the magazine runs to a deadline, is thoroughly proof checked, its content researched and organised, the various advertising opportunities, promotion and creativity. All of these roles needed a different skill from mathematics to art and the children quickly related the roles to their school life where their homework needed to be handed in on time, spell checked, researched and organised. Early life lessons.
Our first group were aged 6 to 7 whom all wanted to read the articles and involve themselves within the Kidzone page or course. The questions taken from this group where considerably more matter of fact; ‘Who takes your photos?’, ‘Why do companies advertise?’, ‘Who writes the stories?’ and so on. The next group of 8 to 9 year olds where a little more in depth, for example: ‘So how much money do you make?’, ‘Do you pay to make this magazine yourself?’, ‘How much does it cost to make?’ and ‘Do you work in an office? I was nearly thrown at the detail these children were going into, clearly they wanted to know the major aim to all working capacities and that is ‘How much money can I make?’. I admired their focus for the end result which interestingly enough came mostly from boys. The girls were more interested in the content and what they could write about and the lovely photos they could take.
I asked them if one day they were to publish a magazine what would the topic be and sure enough one girl said cooking and recipes and most of the boys said football or cars. However it certainly meant that their dreams one day could be a realisation and publishing could be just one way of doing it. There were various other parents talks too from being a Pilot to a Dog Groomer, both popular I’m sure.
I hope we touched even just one child to consider a career in publishing, journalism and media of any form, as we most certainly love it and those of you who know us well, know we can talk forever about it.