Richard Cavaye - Head of Business, Economics and Enterprise
What is your name?
What company do you currently work for?
What is your job title?
Head of Business, Economics and Enterprise
Provide a brief description of your business
Gordonstoun is an independent boarding school for young people aged 5-18.
Describe your career pathway after leaving school
I started with a BA in Business Studies, then onto a Trainee Brand Manager role with Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd.
After this, I then moved onto become a Sales Co-ordinator with MacGregor & Company Ltd, progressing to Commercial Director and then Managing Director.
Following this, I then became Managing Director at David Phillips Scotland Ltd.
I also began studying PGCE at Strathclyde University
I then moved onto teaching, starting as a Probationer Teacher at Beeslack Community High School, then onto Enterprise in Education Adviser with Scottish Enterprise, then Teacher of Business Management at Liberton High School, then Teacher of Business Management at Gracemount High School, then Teacher of Business Studies at Loretto School, then Teacher of Business and Economics at Gordonstoun School, and to where I am now as Head of Business, Economics & Enterprise at Gordonstoun School.
What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?
- Business Management
What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
My favourite thing about the work that I do is working with young people from all over the world.
Why did you want to work in this industry?
I wanted to work in this industry because it was a change of career and a chance to give something back following my previous career.
Did you ever want to pursue another career?
I had vague ambitions to go into broadcasting.
What does a typical day in your role involve?
I start at 8am with a whole school assembly and then into lessons from 8.45am to 2.30pm every day. Then, I am involved with an afternoon activity at Gordonstoun and finish around 5pm. I also teach Saturday morning lessons.
What skills are required to do your job?
- Teaching qualification
- Enjoy working with people, especially young people
- Good organisation skills
- Good time management skills
What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?
If you decide to become a teacher, commit yourself 100% to it.
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