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Joe Finn (2010 - 2015)

Alumnus Joe Finn spoke to us about moving on after a road traffic accident, getting involved in the aviation industry and his plans for the future.

Joe Finn
Joe Finn
Years you attended Seaford: 2010-2015
House:  Milbrough 
What do you do for a living now?
I am the Marketing Manager at Phoenix Helicopters. I joined Phoenix whilst studying for a business degree and have successfully rebranded both their pilot training school and private helicopter charter operations as well as launching a new website & online store. Every day is very different in the aviation industry, one day I could be meeting with clients about a bespoke charter and the next I could be flying to an event to discuss new and exciting business partnerships. 
What are your happiest memories from your time at Seaford?
One of my many happy memories for Seaford is competing in the school clay pigeon shooting team. We visited a number of shooting grounds across the U.K. and is still today one of my most enjoyable hobbies.
What do you feel were the greatest benefits of attending Seaford?
It’s a great location to be at school with brilliant facilities and endless open spaces. I remember during business studies I developed a business plan which later went on to win the class competition. Experiences like these and the enthusiasm shown by Mr Pitteway is what initially spiked my interest in the topic. I also think I developed my creative and innovative flare during Design and Technology and transferred these creative skills learned into my website design at Phoenix and other multimedia projects since.
Are you still in touch with many other alumni?
I am still in touch with many for the friends I met at Seaford and we often go to shoots together. On some occasions we have also worked together in industry. 
When was the last time you were back at the school?
I recently visited the Seaford shooting ground to have some coaching from the excellent Tony Bracci. Sadly I can’t defend my skeet trophy anymore but its good to see my picture still hanging in the shooting barn.
How did you come to be involved in the private helicopter and training industry?
After being involved in a serious road traffic accident which left me hospitalised for a prolonged period during my degree, I started developing my own social media brand: Only In Monaco. This lead me to be introduced to a large number of international brands some of which I later managed under my own social media management company, Mount Marketing and our paths crossed. In an industry with little innovation and creativity, Phoenix were looking for a young and enthusiastic person to take the growing brand forward. Since joining them,Phoenix Helicopters have become the leading name in pilot training and have one of the UK’s fastest growing private helicopter operations, expanding into Europe.
What are your plans for the future?  
I would like to have my own business, something which allows my to embrace my passion for innovation and creativity. I have found the private aviation industry so interesting and have met some amazing people and I would like to stay within the industry if possible. I always thought that working a 9-5 job would be boring however so far I have never had a day were I haven’t loved my job and what I do. 
What advice do you have for current Seaford pupils?
My advice to other pupils would be not to worry if you haven’t got a clear career path. When I left Seaford I hadn’t even considered a career in marketing but knew I needed to expand my business knowledge to enable me to move forward. Embrace the things you enjoy and the skills you are gaining and the rest will follow.

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