Money, Money, Money - Quintin Kynaston School
15 02 2011
Together with our partners Legal and General we enjoyed another very successful Money, Money, Money day early this month. This time out we were at Quintin Kynaston School, where we had the great pleasure of working with around 200 Year 10 students.
For the first time several of us were also joined in the classroom by representatives from one of Legal and General’s commercial partners, the Bluefin Group[i], each of whom brought significant added knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the proceedings.
One of the intriguing elements of working with new people is finding out about their career paths. During the day it emerged that Legal and General’s Group Director of Communications John Godfrey shares a common starting point with ML’s Chris and Nigel. Each likes to say he began his working life in the oil business, which, while factually the case, may be stretching the normal understanding of petrol pump attendant a little. It’s no coincidence that all three are slightly to the north of 50 years old because, along with the quaintly sexist ‘paperboy’ and ‘milkman’s boy’, working the forecourt was a very common part-time occupation for teenagers back in the 70s. It’s amusing to reflect that since our transformation into a service-led economy we have to fill our own petrol tanks, collect our own milk and newspapers, and gather our own shopping from the shelves. Things once taken for granted are now the preserve of those with serious wealth it seems.
Of course, Year 10 students are themselves about to make the transition from a world in which things like food, clothing and shelter appear as a matter of routine to one in which these things need to be planned for. Taking the longer view, I wonder if they too will look back in their fifties and wonder what happened to a world of free health care and state pensions? Whatever the future holds for them, it’s certain they will benefit from a sound grasp of financial planning skills, and, along with our partners, we hope and trust that Money, Money, Money will have helped them on their way.
Nigel Rayment - Director