Why did you become an Enterprise Adviser?
“As a cornerstone employer BAE Systems is committed to supporting the work of the careers hub and as such when I took up my position I took over the EA role at UVHS. I had previously worked at UVHS as a teacher so I understood the school and the challenges it faces with careers education. I had also previously worked for Furness Education and Skills Partnership where we had a focus on careers through delivering programmes like Build My Skills which I was keen to continue. Some of our key aims of Education and Skills outreach at BAE systems is to help to raise attainment, encourage an interest in STEM subjects and increase knowledge of our business with local schools and young people. I feel that being an EA gives me an opportunity to do this and have a tied up approach with other activities and programmes in Cumbria”
Tell us about your chosen career or career pathway to your current role
“Following college I choose to go onto university to study architecture. During my course I worked for a respite holiday programme for young people with additional needs. I found this was really rewarding so on completing my degree I returned to university to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Design Technology. I then moved to Cumbria where I taught Design Technology locally for a number of years in two local schools before moving into a coordinator role with Furness Education and Skills Partnership. This gave me an insight into developing and delivering educational programmes around careers and STEM as well as working with businesses and the community sector which finally lead to my current roles at BAE Systems.”
What careers advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
“Things change and that’s not a bad thing. Your interests, priorities and career will change over time and because of this skills are just as important as qualifications.”
What do you like/love best about living and working in Cumbria?
“From beach to mountains within half an hour, Cumbria just has an amazing lifestyle. I enjoying hiking, walking the dog, camping, kayaking and paddle boarding so it’s the ideal place for me. I love the summer when after work I can be paddle boarding on Coniston followed by a BBQ on the shore overlooking the lake– how many other places can you do that after work? ”
|Job Title:||Development Leader - Education and Skills|
|Key Skills:||Problem solver, challenger of stereotypes, employability skills knowledge and strong presenter.|
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