As part of #NCW2020 we have been exploring the pathways of our own team here at The Careers Hub CIoS!
Name: Sarah McCammon
Job title: Enterprise Coordinator
School attended: Carshalton High School For Girls, Surrey
Previous Jobs: Charity CEO, HR Business Partner, Customer Account Manager, Service Coordinator, Shoe Shop Assistant
I left school half way through my A Levels as my summer job employer offered me a permanent position. I thought it was a great idea at the time but lived to regret it as I had left the opportunity of A levels unfinished. I spent the next 10 years in sales/customer service roles that fitted round moving and having children, but without much satisfaction as I didn’t feel I had much direction. However, I have always been one to take a risk and try new things, and this always led to exciting opportunities like working abroad and leading new projects.
It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I recognised that I wanted more focus at work. I went to university as a mature learner to gain a degree and follow a primary teaching role, however after graduating I took a temporary role at the local council’s Learning and Development centre to fill a gap year and ended up staying for 5 years! The role was for workforce development in the voluntary and independent care sector and included training and development for staff and organisations providing care services. I was suddenly hooked on a career that worked towards quality improvement that had a direct impact on people’s lives. This role led me to stepping into a CEO role for a local charity for young adults with disabilities, before moving to Cornwall with my family in 2016.
In Cornwall I swapped health and care for education services, leading a project building alumni communities for secondary schools. My present role as Enterprise Coordinator for mid-Cornwall links my passion for supporting young people with disabilities and the opportunity to drive improvement in the quality of careers education.
What I love about my job:
Knowing that I am part of a bigger picture driving improvement for young people.
Number 1 Careers tip:
Look for new opportunities – whether it is work experience, trying something new or listening to employers – you don’t know what is out there until you start looking!