Monday, 12 June 2017
Year 9 boys at Bolton School enjoyed an inspiring enrichment lecture from former pupil Michael Lodmore who has spent a lifetime working in media.
Recalling his own time (1980-87) at the Chorley New Road campus, Michael said he enjoyed himself at school and played football, hockey and cricket as well as being a member of the Lit and Debating Society, the School Choir and Orchestra. Having taken Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A level, his careers interviewer had tried to steer him towards studying Electronics Engineering at the University of Birmingham but Michael had always had his heart set on a career in television. Telling the boys that whilst they should listen to the advice of their parents and careers' experts, they should, ultimately, target a career that is genuinely something they want to do.
Contradicting the wishes of his parents and the advice of the careers’ advisor, he quit his sponsored undergraduate trainee programme at British Aerospace and did not go to university. Instead he undertook a two year HND course in Television Operations at the Yorkshire TV sponsored Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication at Bromley. Michael talked the audience through the various jobs he had worked in, all within media, including early jobs working on the TV soaps of Brookside and Hollyoaks, working for Granada TV’s Shop (the value channel), Going Places TV, the ITV Northern Transmission Centre and finally at MediaCity, where he currently works for Dock10. Much of his work involves managing daily operations, including cameras, lighting and sound equipment and he has recently worked on Match of the Day, Question of Sport, Mastermind, The Voice and Dragon’s Den.
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