On Friday 23rd January the School welcomed back Old Blue Andy Roberts from the Class of 1995 to deliver a fantastic careers talk to our Sixth Form students.
After leaving the Blue Coat to read Building Surveying at Leeds Metropolitan University, Andy secured a graduate job with a geomatics company in the Midlands, following which he moved South to establish a measurement department within a Chartered practice in Central London. His next role saw him working as a Business Development Manager for a software company developing and implementing software solutions into established surveying companies across the UK & Ireland. He moved back up north and took over Formby Surveys in 2007, a company which works in all commercial sectors across the UK & Western Europe.
Over 40 students from Years 12 and 13 enjoyed hearing about Andy’s time at The Blue Coat School, and his journey since leaving. Andy shared advice not only to those students interested in geomatics and surveying, but also those interested in running their own business. Andy attributes a lot of his success to hard work and perseverance, quoting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; “about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”.
Andy’s careers talk is the first in a series of talks being delivered by Old Blues and parents of students at the School, representing a variety of careers. We are grateful to all our Old Blues and parents who are kindly volunteering their time by sharing their advice, expertise and story with our students.