WA: Tell us a bit about your background and current Careers role.
PM: I am Nottingham Trent trained. I worked for Lancashire Careers Service for 20 years, then two years working for Connexions before moving into the HE sector 11 years ago. During my time at the university I have worked in virtually all our schools at different times. Currently working in the Creative courses and Humanities and Social Sciences whilst looking after teaching applications.
WA: What is the most rewarding part of working in Careers?
PM: Working with the wide range of students that I meet daily, all having different stories – always really interesting. Equally important is being part of a team that gets on very well, which makes the job more enjoyable.
WA: How is Careers work changing and what does the future hold?
PM: Increasingly meeting more students from non-traditional HE backgrounds. In response to this and the changes in teaching in schools, workshops will need to become shorter and more interactive. The challenge is to meet the needs of students who want instant answers in shorter formats.
WA: Finally, what was your reaction when you were confirmed as a Careers Champion finalist?
PM: Shock, red-faced – what have I done to deserve this very kind nomination?