I have worked in a careers education, information, advice and guidance context for over 12 years in both HE and FE. For the last 6 years I’ve worked as a Careers Adviser at Gateshead College where I provide careers advice and guidance to students either one to one or in groups/workshops/presentations. I assist students in identifying and understanding their skills, interests and abilities enabling them to make realistic choices about education, training or work.
I have been involved in projects including the ‘Progression Challenge Fund’ and ‘Widening Participation’ as well as working with years 10 and 11 in local schools and current college students, including 16-18, adult learners, ESOL students and HE students. This vast range of student involvement has made me aware of the issues that students may face with progression. Through this I have organised various CEIAG activities, and developed a good rapport in engaging, motivating and inspiring young people. As part of the Careers Guidance Team I develop and deliver an array of careers education talks to students.
In anticipation of National Careers Week 2016 my colleagues and I have been planning workshops focussing on ‘Getting into…’ a range of careers including Teaching, The Police Force, the construction trades and other themes such as ‘Personal Branding’ and ‘Employability Skills. I am encouraging college staff to offer student shadowing opportunities where our students can gain an insight into the career journeys of staff in a variety of departments including, HR, Marketing, IT and Finance.
I aim to engage our entire student cohort in NCW 2016 in some way this year, offering activities at all four Gateshead College campus sites. I am enthusiastic and committed to providing CEIAG to our students, assisting them to develop and utilise their employability and raising their aspirations to career possibilities.