Returning to Blue Coat to support our 2018/19 careers programme, Old Blues and founders of The Redmen TV, Chris Pajak and Paul Machin. Completing their A Levels in 2000, both bucked the trend when they left Blue Coat School by joining the embryonic video production business, in stark contrast from the traditional career paths of medicine, law and engineering, often associated with Blue Coat students.
The two friends were always keen to get into media and video production, and in 2010 their passion for Liverpool Football Club led to the launch of their YouTube channel, The Redmen TV. To date their channel which provides fans with club stats, match analysis, interviews with players and opinions from fans has attracted close to 400,000 subscribers. Their website followed a year later and their popularity among Liverpool fans has in recent years grown at an astonishing rate. But their fame did not happen overnight.
Chris said: “Paul is the creative one and I’m the accountancy one and we bounce off each other; communication is the key to running a successful business. The industry didn’t exist before we started and there were years of long hours, no recognition and months of no money.
“But being at Blue Coat is a real privilege, one which gives you a fantastic boost in life. You’ve got the fundamentals and if you put in the hard work the rewards are definitely worth it.”
The dynamic duo plan to move into other global markets such as helping estate agency businesses to create their own personal website brands.
Ms Holland, Assistant Headteacher and Careers Information Advice and Guidance coordinator, said: “I’m delighted our careers talks are so well attended as they help students to explore the sheer variety of opportunities. It’s also lovely to see our Old Blues again and to hear their experiences. ”
2019/20 careers programme
Your story has the power to inspire a generation. Careers education plays a significant role in helping our students to make decisions about their future path. Your experiences, career decisions, reflections and advice can have a positive impact on the way our students approach their planning for their choice of career. We always look forward to welcoming our Old Blues in school and there are many ways in which you can motivate and guide our students. Your support is invaluable. How can you help?
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