In a series of mini-blogs to mark the sixth Careers Champion award, Working Adviser gets to know finalist Faye Mawsdesley – Careers Manager at Cardinal Newman College, Preston
WA: Tell us a bit about your background and current Careers role.
FM: I have worked with young people and adults since 1996 in a variety of roles. These have included supporting young people on apprenticeship programmes, long term unemployed adults on a basic employability programme as well as students in Further Education and Higher Education. In my current role as Careers manager at a large sixth form college I plan and coordinate all the CEIAG activities as well as being UCAS Coordinator. Since commencing this role in 2013, I have worked hard to promote the need for high quality CEIAG that is accessible and readily available to all students.
WA: What is the most rewarding part of working in Careers?
FM: Every day I am privileged to work with ‘individuals’ who each need support and guidance in their unique way. Seeing young people grow in confidence as they undergo research and plan for their future is extremely rewarding.
WA: How is Careers work changing and what does the future hold?
FM: Students are more likely to gain employment if they understand what ‘employability’ skills are and start developing these as soon as they can. This is at the forefront of my work at Cardinal Newman, implementing a new cross-college employability programme and increased employer engagement which will help prepare young people for employment.
WA: Finally, what was your reaction when you were confirmed as a Careers Champion finalist?
FM: Although I was very shocked, I felt very privileged to have been shortlisted. It is fantastic to gain recognition for the careers work that I do with young people and at the same time raising the profile of the careers department at Cardinal Newman College.
The 6th Careers Champion online final runs until Friday July 14th. You can cast your vote by visiting the Careers Champion website here.