Julian Boaitey attended Arts & Media School, Islington from 2003 – 2008.
Please describe yourself in three words.
Which university did you attend and what was it like?
I attended the University of Essex, and it was so much fun. It was a big campus that had everything you needed on it and so it was like a miniature village. I had such a great experience at Essex that I would recommend it to anyone.
What degree did you do and when did you graduate?
I graduated in the summer of 2012 and did a degree in linguistics with marketing. I did a three year degree.
What’s your job title?
I’m a trainee manager on a management programme with Off Piste Media, a sales and marketing company. I started part-time as a sales representative, while doing my degree, just to gain some sales experience. I represent businesses and charities and get them new customers or donors face-to-face. It’s great, because you literally never know who you could meet and you feel great about helping great causes. Every day is different.
What advice would you give young people who want to go into your field of employment?
Be open-minded. Have a great and positive attitude. Be willing to learn new skills. Have fun – it’s healthy!
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Running my own multi-national direct sales and marketing company, having a really big house with a beautiful wife and really cute kids!
As a young child, around the age of 12, how would you describe your behaviour towards learning and society?
My parents always stressed the importance of a good education, so I took learning very seriously and tried to make sure that I was giving 100% in every lesson. I was often distracted and liked to mess around, but later realised that there was a time for everything. When it came to society, I was really curious to know exactly how everything works and so I asked loads of questions.
Do you think that Arts & Media School helped you get to where you are now?
Absolutely, 100%! Arts & Media School helped me realise that there was a lot more to life than what I thought. Through Arts & Media School I was able to visit loads of places and my eyes were opened to what was possible when it came to business as well as different career opportunities. When I was in Year 7 and 8 there were a few students in Year 11 that I really looked up to and I’m still in contact with [them], but I was really influenced by my teachers such as Mr Young (English) and Ms Wyatt (geography), who brought the best out of me.
Do you have any general words of advice for Arts & Media School pupils?
I urge current students who read this to really make the most out of their time at Arts & Media School because they’ll be setting themselves up for [a bright] future, massively! The school is a great place. It provided me with the platform to achieve and do things that I never thought I would do. The emphasis on arts and media at the school meant that I was able to spread my wings and excel in a range of different activities [including] drama, music, and basketball. I genuinely believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today without my experience at Arts & Media School!