Chris Jarvis visits Weydon School

Weydon School Students Get Creative Industries Careers Advice from CBeebies TV Presenter Chris Jarvis

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As part of Weydon School’s careers programme, Chris Jarvis visited students to talk to them about careers within the world of show business and the media.

Chris spoke to an enthusiastic audience of students from all year groups in Weydon’s Medici Theatre about careers in the creative industries, during the students’ lunchbreak.  He explained how his career  started in Variety and radio as an impressionist, character actor and musician, moving into children’s BBC television in 1993.  Since then he has hosted shows for all ages : the ‘Broom Cupboard’, ‘Friday Zone’, ‘Fully Booked’, ‘Look Sharp’, ‘Playdays’, ‘Step Inside’, ‘Stargazing’ and for the past 15 years, CBeebies.   He currently co-stars in his own programme, ‘Show Me Show Me’.  Off telly, he has starred, written and directed many professional pantos and is involved in the charity Action for Children's Arts : http://childrensarts.org.uk/.

Chris spoke about opportunities in the traditional mediums of radio, TV and theatre but also about the new possibilities presented by digital platforms like YouTube.  He particularly encouraged students to find their USP and to nurture their unique talents through further education . His frank and honest portrayal of his career was both encouraging and inspiring.

The students were fascinated and asked a lot of interesting and intelligent questions. By sharing his experience he also demonstrated that there are many avenues to success in the creative industries and confirmed that  there are many opportunities beyond the obvious.

Mrs Ali Molan, Careers Co-ordinator, commented; “Chris was an engaging, informative and encouraging speaker.  He represents success in the creative industries and obviously enjoys doing what he is good at.  We are very grateful for his time and support because it is important for our students to understand that the creative industries are as important as any other industry, in terms of career choice, as they produce £84 billion each year to the UK economy (£10 million every hour).”

Chris Jarvis wrote after the event “ What an amazing venue!  The students were all incredibly switched on & I do hope they all prosper. They're off to a good start surrounded by so much talent & superb facilities.”

 

For further information, please contact Mrs J Rodger, Weydon School. Tel: 01252 725052, or email at: jrodger@weydonschool.surrey.sch.uk

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