THE Only Way is Essex star Joey Essex gave hundreds of teenagers words of advice at an event designed to help them take their first steps into the world of work.
The I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here star was at the Stadium of Light to speak to young school and college- leavers from Wearside who don’t want to go into further education.
Despite not having any formal qualifications, organisers Gateshead Council said 23-year-old Joey has shown that with hard work and dedication, you can still succeed.
As well as being a TV star, Joey also runs his own clothes shop in his native Essex.
Of his TOWIE fame, Joey said: “It’s sometimes fun but sometimes hard.
“People think it’s easy when they see you on the television but at times it’s not, especially when you have to get up at 5am to start filming.”
School leaver Rhianna Stevens, of Hendon, went to the event looking to find out more about how to get into work.
“I don’t really think Joey is a good example because he hasn’t got any qualifications, but he has encouraged everyone to work hard,” said the 16-year-old, who has recently finished studying at Southmoor School.
“I don’t want to go to college so I’m looking to start in a job now.”
Friends Jordan Smith, of Washington, and Bradley Adams, of Pennywell, both attended to pick up details about apprenticeships. Jordan, 19, who is looking for work in the retail and customer service sector, said: “He’s maybe not the best person to be doing a talk on this but I’m a big fan because he’s a nice fella.
“I’ve got a lot of information about apprenticeships to take away from today as well.”