Former Lib Dem party leader and economist Sir Vince Cable recently visited Peter Symonds College to talk to students about his career in both economics and politics.

Sir Vince spent over an hour chatting to students and sharing his experiences, answering their questions and offering advice. Looking back on his career, he said he was inspired by the belief that as a politician, “The things you can deliver could change people’s lives, and make them better.”

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Students found the talk interesting and informational, with Japheth Harris describing it as: “An eye-opening insight into what it means to go into politics.” Edward Mason agreed, adding, “It was good to get an inside view of politics rather than what you hear on the news, and good to hear the views of someone who has a deeper understanding of what is going on. I also found it really interesting to hear how a third party could develop their power and affect the future.”

Debbie Mahoney, head of the careers department at Peter Symonds, said: “Sir Vince was an engaging and fascinating speaker who has been on the front line of politics and a leader in his field. It was an invaluable opportunity for our students to get his perspective on how to enter this career area and learn the importance of transferable skills, not just qualifications. We are very grateful to both Sir Vince and Speakers for Schools for helping to organise this opportunity for our students.”

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