Careers Champion: Working Adviser meets finalist Yolande Burgess
In a series of mini-blogs to mark the 7th Careers Champion award, Working Adviser gets to know finalist Yolande Burgess – Strategy Director for Young People’s Education and Skills at London Councils.
WA: Tell us a bit about your background and current role.
YB: I have worked in the public sector for more than 25 years and have been the Strategy Director for Young People’s Education and Skills at London Councils for the past seven years. In 2015 (in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, the London Enterprise Partnership and the Greater London Authority), working with Dr Deirdre Hughes, we produced London Ambitions: Shaping a successful careers offer for all young Londoners. This is London’s strategy for ensuring that all young people in London enjoy and benefit from a good careers offer while they are at school and college.
WA: What is the most rewarding part of working in Careers?
YB: The most rewarding aspect of working in careers is meeting the amazing professionals that support young people and seeing the positive impact they have on young people’s lives.
WA: How is Careers work changing and what does the future hold?
YB: Careers work has changed significantly in the past 10 years and it will continue to change. We live in a fast-paced world and jobs and careers are changing just as fast. Careers education, information, advice and guidance will have to keep pace with a future labour market that is increasing difficult to describe. Careers support is already more focussed on ensuring young people are developing transferable skills such as resilience, and strong communication and team working skills. Embedding careers work into the curriculum will ensure learning remains relevant to the world of work.
WA: Finally, what was your reaction when you were confirmed as a Careers Champion finalist?
YB: When I first heard I was a finalist for the Careers Champion Award I was surprised and humbled. I have had the privilege of working with talented and wonderful people who have invested years of their lives into improving careers work; they are my careers champions.