I have 22 years experience in business, working for blue chip and fortune 500 companies in fairly senior management positions and across all of the primary business functions. I have actual experience of developing and carrying out sales & marketing campaigns, formulating cashflow forecasts, finance and audit activity, recruiting, training, restructuring, operations and pretty much every other topic area that would be recognised in business studies teaching, and on top of that I've also run my own business. I know that this level of experience is not common in those wishing to become Business Studies teachers, but I've been shocked by the lack of experience held by my fellow PGCE Business Studies candidates. As one example I sat in a room today with three other candidates for a PGCE course, and as we waited for our turn to be interviewed we got chatting. All three were recent graduates and none had any meaningful industry experience other than one individual who had a two week placement gained in their final year at University. I found this frightening. Don't get me wrong I admired their enthusiasm to teach, but is that enough? Should students be taught by teachers who have never practised or applied their subject in the wider community?