A few months ago I did a photo shoot for the AAT. When I first became a member of the AAT I was identified as having an interesting journey into Accountancy from Teaching, and they wanted to use me as a case study in some promotional materials. Apparently, being an RE & Maths teacher and moving into finance is a bit niche. It was a bit daunting at first; to think of myself being used in that capacity professionally, but something that could help down the line, or lead to opportunities.
It was a very hot and sunny day, which was wonderful, as the previous times we had tried to schedule in the photoshoot it had been either terrible weather, or lockdowns ended postponing it. It took about 12 months in all to be able to finish it. We did some very scenic photos using some of the amazing architecture in the local area, along with the River Thames. Some parts area I had never been to. Posing on a table doing work outside a pub, finding a lovely piece of artwork by the river (Liquidity by Simon Packard) , a graffitied car park, the Brentford Lock & Dock areas, and Syon Park. We rode around on our bikes to get from location to location, and luckily my back tyre punctured about 100m from home, or it could have been a long day.
Finally an email came through stating ...."I’m pleased to say that we’ve selected you for inclusion in our Annual Report" with the following attached:
Far from my favourite photo of the day, but great to be part of something as important as the annual report for an international organisation!
In addition I was asked to do an interview with Jenni Russell of UK Health Radio discussing various things, my move from teaching into accountancy, mental health, family, lockdown, working from home and more. This was a very enjoyable experience, and brought back memories of doing radio at university.
So all in all, my media exposure was enjoyable, but a bit scary. It is definitely something I would like to do again down the line.