Sixth form students at Upton Court Grammar School attended a presentation at the school by Simon Fox, CEO of Trinity Mirror, publisher of The Mirror and a range of national and regional newspapers.
In an insightful talk attended by many students holding an ambition to pursue a career in journalism, Mr Fox focused on the ways in which technology affected his career and businesses that he has run, including the launch of the Kindle during his time as CEO of Waterstones and HMV. He spoke of the challenge facing newspapers in a time where many people get their news from the internet.
His underlying message was for students to remain adaptable and resilient in the face of change, and seek out innovative solutions to problems with transferable skills for the workplace.
This was the latest visit as part of the ‘Scholar’s Programme’ at Upton Court Grammar School, a regular feature in the Sixth Form that invites successful members of industry to deliver talks about the skills needed to thrive in their area of expertise. Other recent examples include Kam Patel (Account Director at Cisco), Lord Blair (Former Head of the Metropolitan Police), Fergus Walsh (BBC Health Correspondent) and Baroness McGregor-Smith (CEO of Mitie Group Plc).
Head of Sixth Form at Upton Court Grammar School, David Sammels, said "at Upton Court we believe it is vital to prepare students for the challenges of the workplace, and super-curricular talks like Simon Fox's gives students a real insight into the skills and attributes they will need in order to be successful in their careers.”
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said "The contribution that speakers make, through the Scholars Programme and through talks such as this one by Mr Fox provide students with an insight into successful career paths and an opportunity to network with the best".
Photograph attached: David Sammels (rear left) and Simon Fox (rear centre) with Upton Court Grammar School sixth form students.