Aimee Stephen - Business Liaison

Aimee Stephen - Business Liaison

What is your name?

Aimee Stephen

What is your job title?

DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) Moray Business Liaison

Describe your career pathway after leaving school

While I was in S6, I undertook a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills along with my other higher-level qualifications. By doing this, not only did I received another higher level qualification but I also learned more about how businesses function, further developed my IT skills, discovered my career pathway, and gained over 150 hours of work experience with NHS Grampian.

In 2018, after completing S6 at Elgin High School, I applied for a few local Modern Apprenticeship opportunities and was fortunate to be recruited as DYW Moray's Modern Apprentice in Business Administration. This apprenticeship took place for a year and thereafter, I was kept within the business and received a promotion to be their new Employer and School Liaison. In 2021, I then moved into my current role within the DYW Moray team.

To further my knowledge and expertise in my field of work, I was given the opportunity to undertake a BA Hons Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management with Robert Gordon University. This means that along with full-time employment I am also studying for an online distance honors degree. I will graduate in 2024 and look forward to seeing where this experience will take me in the future.

Have you ever been an apprentice? If yes, please explain what this was, what this involved and why would you encourage others to undertake an apprenticeship.

I would recommend a Foundation, Modern, or Graduate Apprenticeship to anyone. Without doing these apprenticeships I would not be the same person that I am today. I have learned so many new skills and qualities and have been fortunate to meet some very inspiring people along the way. The positive is, I now have lots of work experience, qualifications to support my knowledge, a full-time wage, and no student debts!

If you want to get out into the world of work but also want to receive a qualification, then an Apprenticeship is for you.

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

  • Business Management
  • Administration
  • Leadership
  • English

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?

My favourite thing about my work is being able to speak to different people every day. Whether that be to employers, educators, partners, colleagues, young people, or parents. I also love finding out about different businesses and learning from others.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

I wanted to work in this industry, as I enjoyed studying and learning about business management at school.

Did you ever want to pursue another career?

Yes, I wanted to be a PE teacher for many years when I was at school but I changed my mind when I started to study Business Management in S5.

What does a typical day in your role involve?

Not one day is the same in my role. All in one day I could be organising an event, liaising with employers, partners, or educators regarding a project, or meeting employers to support them with upskilling or recruiting young people into their business.

What skills are required to do your job?

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking
  • Creativity
  • Team Work
  • IT

What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?

If you want a job working with people and also helping to make a difference to people's businesses and life then this is the industry for you!

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