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#NCW2020 Carrie Childs

Date: 4 Mar

As part of #NCW2020 we have been exploring the pathways of our own team here at The Careers Hub CIoS!

Name: Carrie Childs

Job title: Careers Hub Lead

School attended: Redruth School

Previous Jobs: Paper round, Receptionist, Waitress, Bar Staff, Shop Manager, Team Leader, Geography Teacher, Careers Adviser, Careers Leader, Enterprise Coordinator

Career pathway:

I have always been interested in the connection between people and the places they live and work in so studying geography at Winchester University seemed the natural way to progress this. When I graduated, I found a job in in retail management. I moved to Cornwall to work a summer season and loved it so much I decided to stay.

I completed a PGCE to enable me to teach secondary geography (St Mary’s University College Twickenham) and managed to obtain a first teaching post at The Roseland Academy. I’ve always been curious about the way different companies and organisations run so I regularly applied to different jobs; friends and family members often asked me to check CVs and help them to prepare for interviews. Becoming a Careers Adviser was a natural fit and when an opportunity arose, I worked across the secondary schools in Camborne, Pool and Redruth.

Whilst working as a Careers Leader at Pool Academy, I joined a scheme called the Enterprise Adviser Network where I was buddied to a local business volunteer to help bring a fresh perspective to our careers programmes. My Enterprise Adviser; Nicky Hutchinson from Unlocking Potential invited me to a business networking event. I started a conversation with a subaquatic engineer; he told me about his life travelling to far flung places and diving to install engineering solutions whilst trying to avoid venomous sea snakes. He was working in Africa during a political coup and all foreign nationals were placed in jail for several weeks, they counted rats to pass the time – I was horrified and asked him how his wife felt about his line of work; he replied that he had met her in jail!

It struck me that in spite of my job role, there appeared to be so many opportunities available that I lacked awareness of so I committed to learning more about the great companies that operate in Cornwall and the jobs within them. I am now proud to lead the Careers Hub in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and get to visit such companies on a regular basis, they still fascinate me. Whilst I know that we have a long way to go in terms of helping businesses to meet their skills needs and for every young person in our County to embark on a great career, I am now confident that we are heading in the right direction.

What I love about my job:

Working with a great team of staff and businesses to make a difference to individual young people and building a skilled future workforce in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Number 1 careers tip:

When I graduated, I was given some very down to earth advice: ‘Don’t expect your first job to be your best job; everyone needs a starting point’ for me this was very true – I started on the shop floor and had a retail management position in less than a year. Evidencing the skills you have is also key to success at work – The Skillbuilder partnership have got a great tool that supports skill development from primary age group all the way through to Further Education – they focus on Listening, presenting, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.