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On Friday 16th October our Sixth Form students welcomed back Old Blue Paul Winfield from the Class of 1996. Paul,who is now Director of Air Service Development at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, returned to deliver the first in our new series of Sixth Form Careers Talks. The series, which will run through to March 2016, has been designed to highlight the diverse range of careers our alumni have entered and represents The Blue Coat School’s commitment to ensuring our Sixth Form students receive the best guidance and support, when it comes to considering their career choices.

Paul’s talk was targeted at students who are contemplating or embarking on a Finance, Business Management or Modern Languages degree. Students were provided with an interesting insight into the various roles Paul’s job entails, from budget management and financial forecasting to meeting with airline representatives and stakeholders on a regular basis. As well as highlighting the necessary skill set for his role, including proficiency in maths and languages, Paul also stressed the importance modern companies place on interpersonal skills when recruiting candidates.

On completing his presentation Paul took time to answer a number of questions from the audience, with our students eager to know the best and most challenging aspects of his job. In response to what range of job opportunities are available to language graduates, Paul informed our talented linguists that their skills are becoming increasingly valued by companies from a range of different sectors, highlighting that language graduates are not limited to just translator roles.

We are extremely grateful to Paul for donating his time to come and speak with our students.

If you would like to take part in our series and inspire our Sixth Form students please contact The Development Team on 0151 733 1407 ext. 207 or at We look forward to hearing from you.

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