I have worked as a qualified careers adviser for about 15 years. I previously worked as a Chartered Surveyor for government agency for many years which was a very different role. However, after having my own family I became involved in lots of volunteer work with young people through my local primary and secondary schools and also at the local swimming club. I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of young people but I also became more aware of the challenges they face as they move into their teenage years and the difficulties they often find in making decisions about their future. I took the decision to retrain as a careers adviser so that I could work directly with young people supporting them through their transition to adulthood. Supporting and enabling young people to make their own decisions about their future with confidence is tremendously satisfying.
My role as a Careers Adviser includes individual guidance interviews in schools where I explore education, training and career choices with pupils. I also deliver careers education lessons covering a range of topics from post 16 choices to higher education and apprenticeships. As “Careers Education Projects Lead” I also help to organise and chair our Careers and Higher Education Network to keep schools and partners up to date with careers news.