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TV boss shares secrets of success with Wirral students
1:24pm Thursday 19th December 2013 in News
A WIRRAL-born television producer returned to her former school to give students an inspirational talk on how to succeed in their chosen careers.
Rachel Ashdown advised young people to "experience new things, be curious about the world, be hungry for culture and keep an eye on the news” during a prize-giving night at West Kirby Grammar School.
She attended the school in the 1980s and is now one of the country's most respected producers, working on high profile entertainment shows including the BAFTA Television Awards.
In a speech to students, she said: "The transition from education to the work place is a huge one, but being able to hold your own conversationally with knowledge of a broad range of subjects will stand students in good stead, whatever they decide to do.
"It's a much underestimated skill and one, that despite the importance of the web and digital interaction, continues to be vital in the work place."
Head Teacher Kirsty Whiteley said: "We were delighted that Rachel was able to travel from London to join us.
"Her speech was inspiring and very illuminating for our students, particularly those embarking on higher education degree courses and looking ahead to career choices.
"She explained the importance of taking part in extracurricular activities, and also the importance of getting relevant experience in your chosen career field as early as possible."
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