Aspirations and Future Planning

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22/09/2021

Michael Cole | Associate Partner, Haines Watts

Michael Cole describes his career journey in finance and accountancy. He tells us all about his wide ranging experiences in the finance sector and how this has led him to his current position as Associate Partner at the Newcastle branch of Haines Watts. Michael has some great advice for young people considering a career in finance.

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22/06/2021

Lauren Brown | Junior Doctor

Dr Lauren Brown gives us a brilliant insight into the role of a junior doctor. Her journey through the application process for Medicine, the course, the choices within the course, the opportunities to work abroad and the social events that support the success of the students. She explains the many different career paths that can be taken and gives us an insight into her own career choices now that she is a qualified doctor.

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28/05/2021

Kate McGuigan | Youth Work and Teaching Early Years

Kate McGuigan, our young trustee has had numerous experiences before deciding what she wanted to do in her career. She describes the mistakes she made as well as the fabulous experiences that put her career back on track. She has worked as a teaching assistant a youth worker and her work in McDonald's! She is now training to be an early year’s teacher and loving her new profession in teaching.

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19/08/2021

Ben Straughan | Haines Watts Graduate Programme

Ben is a great example of someone who has worked really hard to get exactly where he would like to be. Having completed his degree, he has recently started on a graduate programme at the accountancy firm Haines Watts. He gives young people a great insight into the attitude and the approach needed to be successful in both their studies and in getting the very best placements after they graduate. It was a pleasure to interview Ben his positive attitude is a real inspiration.

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17/08/2021

Andrew Needham | VAT Partner, Haines Watts

As an English Literature graduate, Andrew describes how having an arts background can be a huge help in the world of finance. He also describes how studying law became a route into his career in finance. Andrew tell us about his very different experiences working at one of the 'big four' finance companies in compared with his latest role as VAT partner at the Haines Watts. Young people will gain a great insight into how their experience of work can hugely vary depending on the firm. Andrew gives us a great insight into how he ventured onto his career path, and his successes within the profession.

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14/05/2021

Claire Dellar | NHS Digital Project Manager

Our Trustee, Claire Dellar, tells us all about the importance of project management. She also describes how her degree and her studies abroad led to the implementation of new educational policies in Vietnam. Plus, how these experiences inspired her to become project manager so she could put her planning and management skills into creating innovative and useful projects, that through the NHS, we will all benefit from.

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25/05/2021

Andrea McGuigan | Business Durham Young Entrepreneurs

Our trustee, Andrea McGuigan describes her wealth of experience in marketing and the business world as an advisor for Business Durham. She also explains how many options there are for young people with an entrepreneurial spirit who have an idea for starting up their own business.

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06/05/2021

Gary Jones | Surveyor and Project Manager

Gary Jones, our trustee, tells us all about how his love of technical drawing led to his career as a surveyor. He explains how he made the move from Bradford to study in London and how he stayed in London to pursue his career. His organisational skills have earned him a role in parliament as a project manager, where he is currently in charge of developing an Academy of Skills for the workplace, that will be implemented across the country. Take a listen for yourself and learn all about Gary's career in parliament and be inspired to take your own chances in life.

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07/05/2021

Keith Newman | PR

Keith Newman always loved English and took pride in how well he could express himself, only to fail his English GCSE! His career took him to the gas board, where they soon realised that his true skills lay in their Marketing Department. Eventually, Keith decided that it was time to fully invest in his love of words and writing and he established his own public relations company Highlights, which thrives to this day. This podcast will give you a great insight into the various roles and skills needed to be successful in public relations.

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20/04/2021

Adam Hardy | Personal Tax Adviser

Adam Hardy tells us about how his ambition to be a History Teacher was thwarted and how a twist of fate led him into a successful career as a personal tax adviser. He describes how the world of finance is changing and how it is interpersonal skills that are as important as being good with numbers.

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20/04/2021

Karl Seaward | Employment Coach, Chef and Sportsman

Karl Seaward describes his current role as an employment coach in Melbourne, Australia. He includes his journey from Stanley, Co Durham, to university in York studying Sport and Coaching. He describes his travels abroad and how he had to adapt his skills and work to get his VISA to stay and live in Australia. He is an inspirational example of living life to the full and taking and embracing every opportunity.

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26/04/2021

Johnny Woods | Graphic Designer and Boxing Coach

Johnny Woods has two passions in life-graphic design and boxing. He describes how his lifelong love of drawing and design has evolved into a career creating his own art company. He tells us how the world of design has changed with the development of new technology. He also describes how alongside his former career he inspires young people as their boxing coach.

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06/05/2021

Lisa Hall | Great Annual Savings Group and Radio

Lisa has worked in a whole host of areas and companies over her long career, what they all have in common is her love of sales. She tells us how the sales profession has changed over the years and how she has adapted and grown to accommodate such changes.

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05/05/2021

Louise Evans | Premature Baby ICU Nurse

Louise Evans tells us about how she left school, studied business, and worked in an office for years. She was made redundant and retrained as a nurse - and has never looked back. She describes her training, and the different areas of nursing she has worked in, including her current role in the premature baby intensive care unit at Oxfordshire hospital. Louise serves as a reminder that it is never too late to pursue your dream profession.

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04/05/2021

Margaret Gosley | Information Scientist (Librarian)

Margaret Gosley has had a long and fulfilling career as a librarian - or to give it its new title an Information Scientist. She gives us a fascinating insight into just how varied this work can be - taking you into the world of science, law, the arts and even defence. She also describes her role as a school librarian and how she would support and encourage young people within the safe environment of the library. She has a wealth of fabulous ideas and experiences to share with you all.

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05/05/2021

Minesh Patel | Maths Teacher and Teaching Abroad

Minesh Patel tells us all about how his business degree led him to work in cells and how he soon realised, such a career was not for him. He tells us about his love of teaching and how as a business studies teacher, maths teacher, and cricket coach he has inspired generations of young people. He also took his whole family to Tanzania, where he worked in a school and describes the experience of living and working abroad, as a teacher. He is now back in England and continues to love his role as a teacher - listen to his inspiring story.

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21/04/2021

Detective Sergeant James Somersall | Policing and Cyber Security

Detective Sergeant James Somersall tells us all about how his love of sport led him into a career in the police. The many roles he has had in the police and his current role in the ever-expanding world of cyber security. He gives young people some great advice about the variety of ways they can enter the police service.

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12/09/2021

Fran Minney | Singer and Musician

Fran shares her journey into becoming a professional singer. She explains her particular route, the training and the professional qualifications and the sheer determination that is needed to be successful as a professional singer. We are also thrilled that Fran has written and produced a series of films for Building Self-Belief that help young people appreciate how music and musicality can support their wellbeing.

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30/08/2021

Mujiba Ejaz | Business and Operational Delivery Administrator (Research data)

Mujiba tells how her love of research led her to work for the NHS, helping researchers and academics gain life-changing insights from the world's largest health dataset. She talks about the advantages of attending university while living at home and about graduate trainee schemes.

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16/03/2021

Nathaniel J Thompson | How to Become a Millionaire

Nathaniel worked as a Teaching Assistant, trained as a fashion designer and is now a filmmaker. Listen to the story of how when working in a gym and mixing with famous people, he learnt the top tips about how to become a millionaire.

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10/05/2021

Stephen Paul with Alex a student from North Durham Academy | Accountant talking

Stephen Paul talks with Y12 student Alex, who is interested in studying finance. Stephen tells us about the reality of accounting, the different aspects of accounting, the future of the profession and how COVID may have changed this forever. Listen to hear about how accounting may not be what you thought!

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12/09/2021

Rachel Habergham | Programme Head in NHS

Rachel Habergham leads some of the largest projects in the NHS, creating services that help all of us on a daily basis. Her current focus is health data but all roles have strong links to project and programme management with a good dose of stakeholder engagement. She also has a passion for ensuring our working environment is truly inclusive so everybody can thrive, including serving as Chair of the Women's Network at NHS Digital. This network supports women in this cutting-edge technology organisation. She brings to this her personal experience as a professional woman bringing up children, including a daughter with autism.

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01/10/2021

Andrea McGuigan | Apprenticeships

Andrea McGuigan provides information about apprenticeships, what they can entail and how great an option it can be. A bitesize clip for those interested in apprenticeships!

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13/09/2021

Gary Scott | Business Support

Gary Scott has led the Do Business Network for many years. One of the reasons he was so successful at running a business network was because he has so many of his own experiences in business to share with others. Gary tells us all about the jobs he has done over the years and he shares with us what he has learned from his experiences. He also gives young people some great advice about how they can advance their own careers.

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26/04/2021

Jo Sandiford | Speech Therapist and Senior Lecturer

Jo Sandiford describes the career of a Speech Therapist and the opportunities this career has brought, from working in the NHS, travelling to Madagascar and now being a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett university and doing a PhD. A great insight into a healthcare career you may not know much about.

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19/08/2021

Matthew Barton | Haines Watts

Matthew Barton joined the Leeds office of Haines Watts as a graduate trainee in 2007. Matthew describes his journey where he started as a graduate trainee and how he has worked his way up to being general practice manager and Associate Partner in October 2018. He describes his various roles over the years and the many opportunities Haines Watts have given him to develop within the profession. Matthew covers all areas of general practice across the firm and therefore provides young people with a brilliant insight into the world of finance and ways to develop personally as well as make a difference in this field of work.

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12/09/2021

Victoria Phillips | Animal Nutritionist

Victoria Phillips describes how she has made a career out of her love of animals. She did not take the traditional veterinary route, she decided that looking and developing animal feed and ensuring animals were as well cared for as they could possibly be by becoming an animal nutritionist. This role involves auditing the places that feed their food to animals as well as creating the recipes for the animals themselves. Victoria has gone on to set up her own business called Apheya. This is an excellent example of a little known career that young people can investigate if they would like to work with animals in the future.

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16/09/2021

James Ibbitson | Filmmaker

James had a variety of jobs as a youngster, but eventually decided that it was filmmaking that was the career that he wanted to pursue. Having achieved a First Class Degree, he found getting work difficult without the experience behind him, this led him into setting up his own film making company and he has gone from strength to strength. He specialises in commercial films for companies and training films. He has also produced some excellent films for Building Self-Belief. He is a great example of how, if you really work for it, you can achieve your professional goals in life.

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29/04/2021

Ben Clarke | Footballer and Coach

Ben Clarke describes the highs and lows of his professional football career - including his debut at 17 years old for Sunderland when they were in the Premier League. He also tells us about how his love of football evolved into his current coaching role at Gateshead football club and as far as he is concerned, how lucky he is to have had such an amazing career in sport.

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15/04/2021

Connor Bromley | Sports Journalist

Connor Bromley’s love of History led to him studying it at degree level. His degree also took him on adventures abroad to study in America for a year. Nevertheless, it was his love of sport and in particular Sunderland AFC that led him into broadcasting and a Masters in sports journalism that prepared him for his career as a sports journalist. He describes why having a journalism qualification is even more important than ever before.

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05/05/2021

Julie Kimber | Netball Coach and Teacher

Julie Kimber’s love of netball has driven her whole career. She describes how her skills as a coach have led to numerous jobs abroad and how her love of playing that ball has led to a variety of roles - both a volunteer and as a job as a netball coach. Julie is the netball Academy lead at Gateshead college and describes how her love of sport and in particular netball, has helped her carve out a career doing something she absolutely loves.

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01/04/2021

Kevin Brewerton | Five Times World Champion Kickboxer, an Actor, an Artist and a Writer

Today’s interview is with Kevin Brewerton, who is now living in LA. Kevin is a five times world champion kickboxer, an actor an artist and a writer. He tells us all about his early life growing up in Newcastle and how he was inspired to be a Kickboxer. Plus, how his dedication to sport then led him into a career in acting, art and becoming an author.

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26/08/2021

Noriko Matsubara | Children's Author and Artist

Hear all about how Noriko's career led her across the globe and about how she ends up settling in the North East of England.  Plus, how her brave career changes as she travels, giving her a whole host of skills and great insight into the arts. Noriko is a children's author, and an artist, and she is thrilled to be telling her fabulous stories on CBeebies. Noriko tells a series of stories about her career that will inspire young people to make the most of the opportunities they are given.

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15/04/2021

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram | Drama School and Acting as a Career

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram tell us about their route into training as actors and in stage combat. They describe the highs and lows of an acting career, including the process of getting into Drama School and the auditioning process for getting acting work. A fascinating insight into acting as a profession.

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15/04/2021

Rosalie Epstein | Beautician and Drama School

Rosalie Epstein’s dream of being an actor took her to study drama at degree level, to Hollywood, LA to study and Lee Strasburg Theatre and Film Institute. What she also describes to us is the realisation that she preferred behind the scenes. It was the makeup that truly inspired her, and how this led to her career as a beautician. She gives lots of helpful tips and advice for how to approach and manage a career in the beauty industry.

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16/03/2021

Nathaniel J Thompson | Commercial Filmmaker and Fashion Designer

Nathaniel shares his experiences in a variety of roles. He is a commercial filmmaker, specialising in school videos. He tells us about his degree and internship as a fashion designer. He also describes working as a teaching assistant and how he had to persevere and re-sit his Maths and English Language at GCSE to truly realise his ambitions. There is lots of great advice and life lessons for young people interested in exploring their creativity.

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12/09/2021

Melanie Cant | Social Media and Web Design

Melanie tells us all about the different roles she has had in the workplace, and how she is particularly proud of how she left a full time job to set up her own business as Elm Marketing. She is now an award winning web designer who also specialises in social media marketing. Melanie is a classic example of someone who has retrained and carved a career for herself in something that when she entered the job market as a teenager, these roles did not even exist. She gives young people excellent advice about marketing and web design, and is a great example of how being adaptable and hard working can bring a great deal of success.

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19/01/2022

Social Media in the Workplace

Social media within the workplace plays an important role within the marketing, sharing, recruiting and networking. As social media plays a huge part of your life outside of the workplace, it is important that your social media networks are suitable for future employees. These resources will help you to build a LinkedIn profile and understand the importance of social media.

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19/01/2022

Revision Techniques

Revision techniques are strategies that are designed to help you revise. To ensure your revision is efficient, it is important to know that not every revision strategy will work for you. Use this section to work through the revision techniques and figure out what works best for you.

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19/01/2022

Future Planning

Deciding what career path to go into can be challenging. This section aims to develop your understanding of the opportunities out there and the skills you have or need to develop to achieve your goal.

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31/01/2022

Rosie Pybus | Family and Child Support for RNIB

Rosie is a fabulous example of how you can overcome any adversity with hard work and determination. She describes her role at the RNIB and how she supports families and children to overcome issues linked to being partially sighted or blind. She also gives a fascinating insight into how the changes in technology have made the work of education and work much more accessible for the partially sighted and blind. Rosie also tells us about how her involvement in tennis has added a rich dimension to her life.

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06/04/2022

Tim Mallon | Tax Specialist

Tim gives us an interesting insight into the variety of career paths that can be chosen when considering Accountancy as a career. He describes how being forced to go out of his comfort zone was the making of his professional career and he has some great advice for young people who need some assurances about the best steps to take on the threshold of their own career choices.

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06/04/2022

Nathalie Paris | Geordie French Storyteller

Nathalie's personal and professional journey from France to England is an inspiration for young people who are tempted to take the leap to go abroad to study. She tells us about how her career as a French teacher and England had evolved into her own unique brand of French Geordie storytelling. Nathalie gives us a brilliant insight into how speaking a variety of languages can lead to a fulfilling career.

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06/04/2022

Ben Gilhepsy | Director of Operations

Ben tells us all about his journey from working in the labs, doing the job he thought he wanted to do, to how his professional life took a different turn where he realised his real skills were managing people. Ben has worked in industry for many years and as part of his role has supported lots of professionals and young people in their quests to work in engineering. He also has some great advice for young people embarking on careers in engineering and STEM subjects as well as  the role of apprenticeships in the modern workplace.

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06/04/2022

Ann English | Digital Communicator

Ann's career in marketing spans the opening of the Metro Centre and the need for a new approach to attract visitors in the 1980. She then goes on to describe how her ideas and skills in marketing have evolved over time,  in particular her new found confidence in public speaking. Ann's journey through marketing is a brilliant insight into how some things have changed in this industry, but how many of the core ideas remain the same. For anyone interested in embarking on a career in marketing, listen to Ann, she gives some great advice.

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10/05/2022

Helen Cowan | Founder of The Tall Wall and Executive Coach

Helen describes how her positions at KPMG evolved into her creating her own company as a collective of executive coaches. She gives young people brilliant advice about how to create a positive approach to embarking on a career. Most notably 'If you don't ask, you don't get'. Take a listen and get some expert career coaching tips from Helen.