Kerry Cannon, SSSC Learning and Development Adviser tells us about the recent Career Ambassadors development session.
We had a great time on Friday 26 October discussing all things careers with some of the SSSC Career Ambassadors.
Career Ambassadors are social service workers who volunteer to share their career story to inspire others. With support from their employer they attend schools, employment centres, colleges and national careers events.
SSSC Convener Professor James McGoldrick welcomed ambassadors and shared his own career journey which began in print media distribution (a paper round) and working in the Singer factory in Clydebank. Completing an apprenticeship in the Clydeside shipyards was his first experience of education after school which led to a lifelong passion for education and personal development. Real stories like Jim’s inspire others to think about how they can take their first steps to a new career regardless of where they started and the SSSC Career Ambassadors spent the day reflecting on their own unique journeys and what a career in care has brought to them both personally and professionally.
We work in close partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Rose-Marie Stewart and Karen Watson from SDS joined us. As Scotland’s national skills body, SDS provide a range of services including the My World of Work and Apprenticeships.Scot websites. Rose-Marie and Karen provided an overview of careers guidance available in Scotland which includes schools careers services and SDS careers centres which are open on high streets across Scotland for people of all ages. They encouraged ambassadors and their employers to get involved in shaping careers guidance, for example by using the Marketplace service. For more information on the range of careers guidance services available visit the SDS website.
In the afternoon we put our heads together in a co-design workshop to come up with ideas for the new SSSC careers website, due to launch in spring 2019. Using the power of images we reflected on what it felt like to work in social services. We’re also collecting career stories to share on the new website and if you’d like to find out more you should read Share your career story to inspire others.
SSSC Director of Development and Innovation, Phillip Gillespie, closed the event by thanking ambassadors for everything they do. He said:
‘Career Ambassadors are pivotal to the work of the SSSC in promoting the benefits of a career in social services and supporting our work in developing career pathways. Their contribution promotes social services as a positive career choice and can inspire the next generation of workers.’
Hearing stories from real workers makes a much bigger impact on people who are considering a new career so Career Ambassadors play an important role. We want to support employers to engage more meaningfully with the future workforce across education and community settings and hope hearing about the Career Ambassadors annual get together gave you some new ideas.
We also recommend you read Top 10 careers resources for resources to use in your careers and recruitment activities.