As part of #NCW2020 we have been exploring the pathways of our own team here at The Careers Hub CIoS!
Name: Dave Pollard
Job title: Enterprise Co-ordinator
School attended: Helston Community College
Previous jobs: Learner Engagement Team Officer, Marquee Worker, Marketing Executive, Marketing & Circulation Manager
Career pathway: I was always fairly able at school, but failed all of my A/S levels due to lack of concentration and from doing exactly what I now advise others not to do; choosing exactly the same subjects as my best friend!
I then studied Business Management at Bath Spa University. Whilst there I worked as part of the Aimhigher and Widening Participation team, talking to students about their opportunities. As the first member of my family to attend uni, it was something that was close to my heart and that I was passionate about. This experience helped me gain my first job at Cornwall College Camborne as a Learner Engagement Team Officer, talking to students about their options and promoting the College as a good place to study.
Travel has had a big influence in my life and after working for two years at Cornwall College I left to travel for a year with my twin brother. Travel is an amazing learning experience and helps you develop self-management, organisation, budgeting and the ability to speak to people from all walks of life.
After returning I worked at a marquee company erecting marquees for a summer. This remains the hardest job that I have done. Long hours, heavy work in all weathers, but it helped develop my resilience. Whilst working here I was successful in being recruited as Marketing Executive for The Cornishman Newspaper, based in Penzance. After a year of working here I was promoted to being Marketing and Circulation Manager for The Cornishman, West Briton, Cornish Guardian and Cornwall Today. This was a challenging role due to falling newspaper sales across the country and an ownership that focussed on cutting costs rather than diversifying and developing.
I finished there after three years and started working for Next Steps South West, focusing again on speaking to young people about university. Whilst there I developed a Top Trumps style game that got adopted across the country. After a short time in this role I travelled again for another year.
On returning from my travel I started this job as an Enterprise Coordinator in which I have worked for the past 2.5 years. I feel that the role really suits my personality type, working with a wide range of different businesses and partners and seeing many of the optimistic developments happening in the county. I work with these businesses to try and increase links with schools in the local area. It is a role that has developed substantially over time with the release of the Careers Strategy in 2017 and then the new Ofsted Framework now really raising the profile of careers again in schools. This is something that I wholeheartedly agree with as students really need to know the opportunities available to them and be able to work towards them.
What I love about my job: There are a number of things that I really enjoy about my current role. Firstly, I work within a great team, all come from diverse work backgrounds to me and each have their own strengths to bring to the team.
Secondly, I feel that my role is incredibly optimistic. There are numerous positive developments happening in the county at the moment, for example Spaceport Cornwall, United Downs Deep Geothermal Engineering Project and the growth of the tech and creative sector within the county. I get to hear about all of these developments and engage students to find out about them too.
Number 1 careers tip: The one piece of advice that I would give to a young person reading this is to never stop learning and developing yourself. You may not enjoy formal education, but once you find something that you are passionate about, your relationship to learning is likely to change entirely. Also do not feel like you need to ‘know’ what you want to do!