Carinne Taylor - School Co-ordinator
What is your name?
What is your job title?
DYW School Co-ordinator for Elgin Academy and Forres Academy
What secondary school did you attend?
Describe your career pathway after leaving school
After completing my fifth year at Forres Academy, I left to study a HNC and HND in Coaching and Developing Sport at Moray College UHI. During this time, while on placement, I gained employment with Moray Council Sport Development and Active Schools as a Lead Sports Coach. I delivered a wide range of sessions but I mainly specialised in Netball, delivering various secondary school sessions and the Moray Primary and Secondary School Leagues. I then progressed on to complete my BSc Hons in Sport and Fitness. I develop a range of both professional and personal skills while studying at Moray College UHI. From learning different forms of communication and how to communicate with different people, to time management and organisation skills.
Once I graduated, I went on to work as a Sport Development Assistant, putting the knowledge I had gained from my Honours Degree into practice. After returning to work following the national lockdown, I decided to look into a different career path where I found DYW Moray and was fortunate enough to be recruited as one of the School Co-ordinator.
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 have been fortunate enough to be able to undertake a Modern Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing through my role in DYW Moray. Apprenticeships are a great way to develop skills and gain a qualification while gaining experience in the world of work. If you get the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship, I would definitely encourage anyone do it.
What school subjects would be helpful to study to undertake your job?
- Business Management
What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
My favourite part of my job is working with different people in different industries. I think learning about the different careers you can follow in different industries is fascinating.
Why did you want to work in this industry?
I always wanted to follow a career in sport, I like to see and help people develop as individuals. While DYW Moray isn't as sport based as my previous jobs, the objectives of the job are very similar and equally as rewarding.
What daily duties do you carry out as part of your job?
- Building relationships with employers and local businesses
- Working with schools to create new opportunities for young people to gain key experiences in the world of work
- Creating and contributing to social media content
What skills are required to do this job?
- Time management
- Organisation and ability to prioritise tasks
- Strong communication skills
- Creativity and problem solving
- Team work
- IT skills
What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?
Gain as much experience as you can, either through part-time employment or volunteering. Anything type of experience that will allow you to enhance your skills and develop qualities that will give you an advantage in a very competitive employment world.
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