Working Adviser Meets Careers Champion Finalist: Tarlochan Assi
In a series of mini-blogs to mark the 11th Careers Champion award, Working Adviser gets to know finalist Tarlochan Assi – Work Experience Manager at the Newham College London
WA: Tell us a bit about your background and current role?
TA: I got my first job in retail through my college work experience which helped me pay for university. After graduating I started working for Newham College in 2005, helping graduates and then later the Newham residents gain sustainable employment overcoming barriers such as long term unemployment. I then moved into the Work Experience department in 2014 using my employment background to gain new and creative ways for our students to obtain industry related work placements which would help shape their future.
WA: What is the most rewarding part of working in Careers?
TA: The difference you make to a student’s future. It’s brilliant when a work placement turns into an offer of employment which helps a student both financially & to support their career plans. Or when they identify their career goal through their placement. Some students feel they would never be able to get their foot inside the door with high level employers, so when we see their excitement once they find out where they are going and they are so grateful, that’s rewarding.
WA: How is Careers work changing and what does the future hold?
TA: I feel it’s getting a lot more competitive and you really need to stand out from the competition. However you have a variety of opportunities to help you stand out to employers such as undertaking work placements, Traineeships, Apprenticeships and now the introduction of T Levels. There’s a career pathway which helps every individual.
Student facing roles require staff to be more aware of what the employer requirements are within the industry in relation to hiring future employees so they can adapt their teaching methods to meet these demands. More and more employers are happy to come in and speak to students and help them identify their own skills and abilities.
WA: Finally, what was your reaction when you were confirmed as a Careers Champion finalist?
TA: Surprised and overwhelmed. I feel everyone that gets put forward for Careers Champion or works in careers does a tremendous job in helping shape today’s minds for tomorrow’s future. Being selected as a finalist makes me feel even more proud at the work we do and the colleagues we work with do make a difference to young people’s lives.