Careers Champion: Working Adviser meets finalist Sang Townsley
In a series of mini-blogs to mark the 8th Careers Champion award, Working Adviser gets to know finalist Sang Townsley – Employability Officer at De Monfort University
WA: Tell us a bit about your background and current Careers role.
ST: I qualified as a Careers adviser in 1989 with the DCG and since I have worked in a variety of roles around the Country. I started out in Hampshire Careers and Guidance as a Careers adviser then moved to Leicestershire Careers Service which subsequently became the Connexions Service. 12 years of this time I worked as an operational Team Manager for a large team of Personal Advisers. One of the most satisfying roles I had was when I took up a secondment as a Project Manager in 2005-2007 to the National Aim Higher Project called “Way Ahead”. This was to raise the aspirations of looked after children into Higher Education.
In 2012 I moved to De Montfort University in the role of an Employability Officer linked to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. I have loved the opportunity within Higher Education to be involved in some great development work and ultimately to work with students again. In particular having the chance embed Careers Education and to work with Employers within a Curriculum context. The faculty I work within has been particularly supportive of the work we do .
WA: What is the most rewarding part of working in Careers?
ST: One of the most satisfying roles I had was when I took up a secondment as a Project Manager in 2005-2007 to the National Aim Higher Project called “Way Ahead”. This was to raise the aspirations of looked after children into Higher Education.
WA: How is Careers work changing and what does the future hold?
ST: Having been around a long time I have seen many changes. Time and resources are precious so the work has to be very focussed. We are constantly looking at how can we make maximum impact with limited resources without losing the essence of our work and training! I feel as positive about my profession today as I did when I started out in 1989. Who knows where I will end my career?
WA: Finally, what was your reaction when you were confirmed as a Careers Champion finalist?
ST: Shocked. I did not know that I had even been nominated.