Business Studies graduate, Graeme Easton, talks Beach Volleyball, the value of conversation and being part of the London 2012 experience.
|Degree Course||B Com Business Studies|
|Year of Graduation||1991|
Your time at the University
I chose the University because it had a good reputation for business studies and very good lecturers. I remember a lecturer in accounting was a Hibs fan and so, as a Hearts supporter, I was able to engage in some quality banter.
Tell us about your Experiences since leaving the University
My 9 to 5 career is as Curriculum Leader in Technologies (Business Education and Computing) at Queenferry High School. I Qualified as a Business Education teacher in 1992.
I am also a director of Woosh! Entertainments Ltd, along with my brother Keith. At Woosh!, I am the stadium announcer at Hampden Park and Murrayfield Stadium for Scotland internationals. I am also the announcer for Edinburgh Rugby.
My career highlight however, was being chosen as the MC and commentator at Horse Guards Parade for the 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball.
My favourite moment was when I got the 15,000 capacity crowd to sing the "na, na, na" bit from The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" during a rally!
I applied via the London 2012 website a few years ago and sent in a CV and a showreel to highlight my skills. My application was successful and I made it through to the 'test' event at Horse Guards Parade in August 2011.
I was one of two commentators for the Beach Volleyball, and worked on anything from 4 to 8 games per day during the first week. My job was part commentator, part MC, as it was important to get the crowd involved and generate a party atmosphere.
I worked with a fantastic team, including Peter Dickson, the voice over man from X Factor, in a stunning venue and enjoyed every moment.
Be proactive when looking for new opportunities. Make the effort to make contact with people and don’t be afraid to make verbal contact, as opposed to email.