Last week Milton Abbey pupils were lucky enough to spend time picking the brains of one of the top magazine editors in the country - Kate Reardon. Editor of Tatler.
Kate spent the morning with pupils studying Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the sixth form and those who are entering the annual Milton Abbey Entrepreneur in Residence competition which this year is being led by Nick Wheeler, founder of the Charles Tyrwhitt shirt company.
Kate gave the group an excellent insight into the magazine and publishing industry and how traditional and new media can best be used to help promote businesses. The discussion moved on to some of the challenges the magazine industry faces, in particular how the ever increasing use of social media was impacting on advertising, revenue and the future of print and web based publications and how traditional methods need to adapt to keep up with the market changes.
Kate inspired the pupils to challenge themselves, both now during their school years and in their future careers, and to accept that failure is a part of life; it is how you respond to failure by not giving up that is important. Kate stressed that hard work and passion are the key ingredients to a successful career and life and that young people should always choose a career that they are passionate about as then they will be more driven to succeed.
After lunch with some of our pilots, Kate led a discussion with girls from across the year groups on 'Women and Leadership'. In a world where girls' perception of women can often be skewed by the media or social stereotypes the pupils wanted to ask Kate how they can empowered and believe that as females in society they can do anything - run a business, be successful, have a family...in short, they wanted to find out how they could have it all!
Kate discussed the realities of being a woman in the world of business and the realities of what this has meant for her. She successfully challenged the girls to consider their mind-set and attitude telling them that to be successful attitude really is everything - ‘if you want it, decide you want it and go get it.' She encouraged the girls to make the most of all opportunities when they arise and give them their all. The group discussed the inevitable future considerations the girls would need to weigh up and likely challenges that they would face, including the need to be as qualified as the person next to them regardless of gender and discussed issues around starting a family whilst building a career.
Kate's final advice was that the girls should be motivated, focused and hard working and to keep believing that any job is open and available to any person, not just because of their gender.
Kate said of her visit, “I was delighted to be invited to Milton Abbey, it is an extraordinarily beautiful school with an inspiring ethos. The pupils were a great pleasure to meet – impressive without appearing entitled and ambitious without being pretentious. Full marks!”
Magnus Bashaarat, Headmaster of Milton Abbey said, “We were delighted that Kate was able to visit us and give two really excellent workshops for some of our pupils. They found her approachable, interesting and motivating and we hope that they’ll take her helpful advice on board as they think about future career options and business ideas.”