BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has gone back to school in Eastleigh as part of a nationwide scheme to inspire current students to career confidence and academic success.
Scott urged current students at his former school, Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise in Shakespeare Road, to believe in themselves and told them that with hard work, they could achieve their chosen career.
He was made honorary Deputy Head Boy after chatting to current students about his career path which took him from Hampshire local radio to acting, an appearance on BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing and presenting Radio 1’s weekday afternoon show.
Scott returned with the national education charity Future First which enables more than 400 state schools and colleges across Britain to harness the talents and experience of former students to support the current generation.
More than 150,000 former students have signed up with Future First to support their old state schools or colleges. Many alumni work as career and education role models, work experience providers, mentors and e-mentors and as fundraisers, governors and donors.
Scott told the students, “I sat in this assembly hall doing what you’re doing and now I’m at Radio 1. Sometimes I wake up and think about all the things I’ve done and the people I’ve met and just think this is mad! I got there myself. I didn’t know anyone in the industry. With a bit of luck, a bit of talent and huge hard work, you’ll get where you want to be. “
Harry, a Year 10 media student said, “I absolutely loved it. I want to work in creative industry art at some point and with a bit of passion, I’ll get there.”
Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First said, “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do. If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too. It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from relatable people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.”
For further information about Future First, visit www.futurefirst.org.uk, contact Press Officer Sue Crabtree on firstname.lastname@example.org, Senior Communications Officer Anna Darling on email@example.com or call one of the Future First team on 0207 239 8933.