Name: Sam Lowe

Years attended DCHS: DCHS – 2009/2012

Work hard – the best chance you can give yourself is working hard.

Where am I now? Rinicom Ltd 

What previous occupations have I had? Heliguy, Apple

What were your favourite subjects and memories? IT & MEDIA STUDIES. I was more of a physical learner, however, most teachers persisted with me and pushed me forward even if I didn’t show any willingness at the time.

What did you do after leaving DCHS? I attended Newcastle College and studied IT Systems, however, dropped out before the end of the 3 year course and joined Apple as a sales team member. I was continuously at the top of sales for the store and was pushed to work within the business team at the store selling Apple products directly to North East businesses. I organised a hiring event for those who were unemployed in the region and ended up employing one person off the back of the event – I was recognised and praised by Wendy Beckman – Senior Director for Apple EMEIA. I then moved on from Apple to Heliguy, an established startup from Alnwick who had since moved to North Shields. Heliguy is the largest sole supplier of drones in the UK and I created a grew accounts for the likes of Essex Police, Met Police, Netflix, Disney, Costain and Network Rail to grow their drone program. I also lead the drone detection department and gained clients such as Gatwick Airport in which I project managed their drone detection deployment throughout the start of 2019 after their drone crisis. From there I moved onto Rinicom which is a position I will be starting very shortly.  

What careers advice would you give a current student of DCHS now? Work hard – the best chance you can give yourself is working hard. I didn’t work hard but I’ve had to make up for that outside of school to be recognised. But honestly, if you work hard at school you are only helping yourself.