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Fujitsu CEO inspires students at The Vyne School, Basingstoke

Fujitsu will be supporting a career themed curriculum at The Vyne School, Basingstoke, involving their employees talking to pupils about CV writing, interview techniques and their experiences of working.

Fujitsu got the project, and the new academic year, off to a flying start with a whole school assembly featuring their own CEO Michael Keegan as an inspirational speaker.

After being greeted at the school by the Head Boy and Head Girl, Michael met the Headmaster Mark Kingswood. He was then introduced to the 500 students filling the hall.

For around 20 minutes Michael spoke about his time at school and how his career developed to take him to the role he holds today.   He shared insights into how technology, Fujitsu's sector, affects our everyday lives, how diversity in the people they employ is important to his company, and how everyone can make a contribution. He also spoke about the key elements of being a socially responsible business and how its values such as respect, enthusiasm and teamwork tie in with the core values of the school.

Michael then answered some challenging questions from the students, such as ‘Were you very popular at school?’ ‘How do you gain respect from your employees?’ and ‘Are you a natural born leader, or is it something you have learnt?’

He was later waylaid by pupils, on his way to the library via the Quad area that Fujitsu staff had helped regenerate, with a number of "selfies" resulting.

Business in the Community and Fujitsu's Business Class Ambassadors, Brian Logan, David Ross and Jonathan Key would like to extend their gratitude to Michael for sparing the time in his busy schedule to visit the school and help to inspire the future working generation, and who knows, perhaps some future Fujitsu employees!