Communication skills are at a premium in this digital age. Knowing how to argue a point, to think independently, to summarise, to write reports and speak well are all important skills. Ability and competence in English is the starting point not only for writing a good CV, but also for careers in journalism and advertising, marketing, sales and many other occupations.
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Glynn teaches movement to actors at The Globe Theatre, London. "I grew up in Australia, and all I wanted to do was lay on the beach and surf. I've never had any ambition, and I've never planned my career. Who would have thought that a kid from the bush, would end up on the South Bank, teaching movement."
Chris Stafford is Projects and Development Manager at The Globe Theatre. He manages education programmes for schools. His father didn't enjoy his work and was counting off the days to retirement. He encouraged Chris to do something that made him happy.
Debs Newbold is a freelance Educational Practitioner and Storyteller at the Globe Theatre. Sometimes she teaches teachers how to teach Shakespeare. But she wasn't into Shakespeare when she was at school. In fact she really wasn't into school at all, so she's come a long way, driven by her love of performing and communicating.
Laura Watton is a graphics artist at Jagex software. She struggled to get a job in the creative sector after leaving university. There weren't any opportunities where she lived, she didn't have the right contacts, nobody knew she existed. She had to bite the bullet and move away from home to chase the opportunities.
Alex Janaway is an associate producer at Jagex, a computer games company. There have been two big turning points in his life. One was when he was working in a movie stills archive, and he realised he wanted to do something more significant on the world stage. So he joined the Royal Engineers and spent a few years "running around building bridges, blowing stuff up." His second turning point was meeting his future wife. "The Army requires certain things of you. It requires you to give up certain levels of freedom. And I guess for me, having reached a certain age, having put roots down, I had to choose between one or the other, and she came first." So he left the army and got a job with Jagex. He plans to stay in the computer games industry now.
Dean Olive is responsible for the quality control of RuneScape, a computer game from Jagex. "My friends and family didn't think that I would ever get a job by playing games. I actually took six months off school to play a certain game, and my parents said you'll never get a job doing that, and one day I did. So it was a really nice feeling". Of course there's a lot more to his job than playing games. He manages a team of 12 and they're all checking and ironing out problems. "I'm happy to stay here in QA for the rest of my days."
Mark Brassington is a 3D modeller at Jagex, a computer games design company. He loved computer games ever since he watched his Dad play Ghostbusters on his Commodore 64. He didn't realise it was possible to make a career out of game design until he was deciding what course to do at university. "Some people dream about being pop stars, some people dream about being a movie star, that sort of thing... Games was my dream, but I didn't actually think it would be possible." He changed the A levels he was doing from business studies to art so that he could apply to university to study computer games design.
Jeanette Bresitz is Head of Merchandising at an office supplies wholesaler, Spicers. She didn't go to university because she chose to stay at home with her mum, who needed help. So she took a job as a merchandising assistant. "The guy that I reported into, who was a bit of a tough cookie, helped me learn a huge amount in a very short space of time and he worked me really hard and at first I thought, 'I can't get through this, I don't understand it.' But actually the harder he pushed me, the harder I wanted to show him that I could do it. He's been a real inspiration in my life and he's part of the reason that I conduct myself in the way that I do today."
Rezia Wahid is a Weaver based at Cockpit Arts. She also teaches weaving. He father hoped that she would be a doctor, but accepted that that wasn't what she wanted to do. Her school supported her interest in art and textiles and she has become an award-winning weaver.
Charlie Clarey is a Local Area Marketing Executive for Vue Cinemas. She organises promotional events and advertising for the 35 Vue Cinemas in the north of the country. She had a good job managing a pub and applied for a job at Vue just for practice at applications. But she got a job as a cinema manager and doesn't regret changing sectors. "I've just started and my head is buzzing with loads of ideas of I want to do this, I want to do this but I'm still really learning this side of it so I've got to take some time, learn as much as I can and then you can go off into any field."