As part of #NCW2020 we have been exploring the pathways of our own team here at The Careers Hub CIoS!
Name: Laura Philpott
Job title: Communications and Engagement Officer
School attended: Redruth School
Previous Jobs: Musician, Teacher, Lecturer, Manager, Verifier/Examiner, Customer Adviser, Songwriter, Promoter, Content Creator, Youth Worker, Workshop Leader, Website Creator
I achieved a good set of GCSE’s at Redruth School and stayed at sixth form to study A Level Art, Media and Drama. Alongside this I studied Singing, Piano and Music Theory with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
I was the first in my family to go to University and was really unconfident during the application process, which is why I feel passionate about supporting young people with their choices now. I studied FdA Commercial Music at Truro College and BA (Hons) Music at The University of Plymouth. After University I furthered my studies at Cornwall SCITT, where I achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Qualified Teacher Status.
I first set myself up as self-employed at the age of 18 and over the last 11 years I have been, and continue to be, involved with a huge range of projects and organisations on a freelance basis. Jobs include: performing musician averaging 50 gigs a year and at times supporting major artists such as Madness, recording artist most recently featured on Let’s Shake It by Company B, composer/songwriter for bands and major companies, singing teacher for organisations such as Stage Coach Theatre School and most recently Callywith College, music theory tutor, backing track creator for bands and theatre shows, workshop leader and manager (including booking, promotion, social media, content creation, branding, hiring, contracts, event organisation and website creation) for a portfolio of different bands/small business owners.
As well as being self-employed and studying, I worked as a customer adviser at Tesco and Argos and a music youth worker at Young People Cornwall. I then worked as a music lecturer and personal tutor at Cornwall College for 7 years, where I was promoted to Course Manager and Lead Internal Verifier of Music. The main subjects I taught were performance, event management, theory, technology, songwriting and singing. I also occasionally lectured at dBs Music throughout this time and I am a BTEC examiner for Pearson.
I believe growing up, studying and building my career in Cornwall helped me because it meant that I could develop strong long-standing contacts whilst remaining close to friends, family and the amazing scenery of course! I even managed to buy my first house at the age of 22 and I feel lucky to have gained the experience I have at this age.
What I love about my job:
I only recently joined The Careers Hub CIoS in December 2019 and I am thoroughly enjoying the variation of my current role. I get to meet lots of passionate people and I feel privileged and excited to be a part of a wave of change and support in Cornwall. It is also great to work within such a diverse, knowledgeable and friendly team of people.
Number 1 careers tip:
My biggest career tip is to start gaining experience as soon as possible and don’t wait until you finish qualifications to start putting yourself out there. It’s also important to recognise and work on your transferrable skills – Never stop learning!