BA Education Careers Insight Event

Following on from our recent blog post 8 Careers Beyond the Classroom here’s another fantastic career insight blog for Education students. In this blog Kerry Chaplin, Level I Education Student Advocate, details what she learnt at the recent Level I Careers Education event.

During our Education Careers Day, we had the pleasure of hearing from many individuals from areas suggested by our students within the Education Studies Department.

Adam Duckworth from the Liverpool Museums gave us an insight into his job role as a Museum Educator and how his role allowed him to work with a variety of children and adults of different ages and needs within his base at the Slavery Museum. He described his role as ‘ever changing in environments and individuals’. For a role in which individuals may wish to work with the public and schools to help express and educate people in prior cultures and traditions and learn whilst educating others, many if not all of the 8 museums across Liverpool have volunteer and training opportunities to see if you to can educate today and the future with the knowledge and lessons of the past.

Adam Duckworth

Adam Duckworth (Liverpool Museums) with students at the event

For those who are looking for a role which requires patience a strong personality and open mind, Special Constable Natalie Hayward (Hope graduate in Education Studies) gave us an insight into the many police and community support roles in which individuals within the course have shown an interest. From the Youth Offending Team, Fraud Squad and Protecting Vulnerable Person Unit, but to name a few. Natalie gave insight into the reality that although the training for these roles may be rigorous the outcome is a full-time career which will allow you to help those most in need within the community. For experience within these fields city watch allows for ‘tag along’ sessions as well as other volunteer opportunities within the police accessible through the Merseyside website.

Natalie Hayward

Natalie Hayward, Hope Graduate (Special Constable) speaking at the event

‘Children learn to play before they can speak’ is the reasoning for the role of a Play Therapist. Sabrina Persiano from Inner Treasure – Play Therapy Centre shared techniques she has used in her own private practice to help those with mental health and behavioural issues. Sabrina gave an insight into how play therapy can help children in so many ways and how ‘using a child’s first language of play’ can help them communicate and work through issues with the support of a Play Therapist. The sad reality that mental health in children is rising shows the high demand for the need for support in this field and others to help children though any difficult times or issues. Further information can be found on many play therapy information sites for those who wish to use actions and play to support children. View our blog 8 Careers Beyond the Classroom for more from Sabrina.

Paddy Elliot (also a Hope graduate in Disability Studies) from Crisis discussed recent policy changes, including changes to the benefits system and immigration reforms, that have increased homelessness.  He described particular historical and contextual factors that are associated with homelessness in different parts of the UK which require a differentiated approach. Education is a key part of Crisis’s strategy to help people out of homelessness.  Paddy discussed volunteering and placement opportunities in which students can work alongside their team of ‘Smart Skills tutors’. For the latest volunteer roles at Crisis visit their website.

Gill Dulgard and Paddy Elliot

Paddy Elliot, Hope Graduate (Crisis) and Gill Dulgarn (Blackburn House) with staff and students at the event

Gill Dulgarn talked about the varied and inspiring work of Blackburn House, which provides vocational education and training for local, and often vulnerable, women in Liverpool with the aim of helping them to overcome obstacles to employment.  Gill described the broad range of training and education provided and discussed the way recent Apprenticeships policy is posing challenges to smaller businesses to set up the necessary purchase provider relationships that are required with education providers.  Growth areas at the moment are in construction, hospitality and NHS apprenticeships.

Education is used in many ways to develop and change a person’s perspectives and help them through life even at challenging times. Richard Wakelin works in education within prisons with a wide variety of individuals in a range of courses from basic Maths and English to personal social development courses and everything between, that will help them once released from correctional facilities. At NOVUS, Richard and others, help individuals within the facilities and even when they ‘leave the gate’ to help prevent them from re-offending and give them a better chance at life after past mistakes. For individuals who are good at improvising, strong willed, supportive, open minded and determined this and similar positions could offer job satisfaction. This career allows you to make a difference to individuals who may be the most challenging but give the highest reward. For more information on this or similar positions within correction facilities contact NOVUS.ac.uk or search Monster jobs. Richard’s insights are also detailed in 8 Careers Beyond the Classroom

Richard Wakelin and Natalie Hayward

Richard Wakelin (Novus) and Natalie Hayward (Special Constable) with staff and students at the event

If you’d like more information on any of the careers detailed above, or are looking to explore a different career not covered here, why not visit the Careers & Employability Service and speak to a Careers Advisor? We offer expert information, advice and guidance to all Hope students and recent graduates.

Our dedicated team can also put you in touch with some great local organisations where you can gain paid or voluntary experience to help you stand out from the crowd and help you get into you dream job.

Book a 1-to-1 via the Gateway Reception or e-mail careers@hope.ac.uk

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