From Aberdeen to Inspiration Speaker & Author - Gavin OattesGavin Oattes

BEd Primary Teaching, 2001
From Aberdeen to Inspirational Speaker and Author

Your Time at Aberdeen

Why did you choose to study at Aberdeen?
I was keen to move away from home and try somewhere new. I had grown up in a tiny little town in the South West of Scotland. Whilst Aberdeen was far away, it didn't feel too big a jump. I loved the vibe of the city and the people are tremendous.

Why did you choose your particular course?
I always wanted to teach and the reputation of the course in Aberdeen was first class.

What did you most enjoy about your time at Aberdeen? Did you have any particularly memorable student experiences?
Being a part of the Student Union and organising Freshers' Week!

Did you hold any student leadership roles, e.g. Class Rep, Club Treasurer, Social Convenor?
President!

If talking to a group of prospective students, what advice would you give them to help them make the most of their time at the University of Aberdeen?
Get stuck in and give it your all, but not to the point of burnout. Be sure to look after yourself, always.

Your Time After Aberdeen

What was the title of your first job after graduating from Aberdeen?
Primary Teacher.

What did your first role involve?
I had my own P7 class.

What is your current job title?
International Keynote Speaker and Author.

What is your current role?
I speak professionally at events around the world.

Please briefly describe the journey from your first job after graduating to where you are now.
All through my time at university I became more and more involved with performing stand-up comedy. By the time I had graduated I realised that my primary teaching degree had given me a huge amount of time and experience in front of an audience. After teaching for a short time I decided to pursue comedy full time. It took me all over the world and many Fringes later I now run my own speaking business. We create all sorts of bespoke experiences for schools, colleges and businesses the world over. Through this I was lucky enough to earn a publishing contract. I now have four books with two more on the way.

One Top Tip

Your energy introduces you before you do. Do less and be more.