Claire Sim - Area Manager

Claire Sim - Area Manager

What is your name?

Claire Sim

What company do you currently work for?

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

What is your job title?

Area Manager

Provide a brief description of your business

Skills Development Scotland is the national skills agency for Scotland and my specific remit is managing our Careers Information Advice and Guidance Services across schools and our Careers Centre in Moray.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school

I left school in '96 and headed off to study an HND in Sports Therapy in Glasgow. I then moved through to Edinburgh to Study a BSc Degree in Podiatry. Following graduation, I moved to London to work as Podiatrist for both the NHS and Private Sector. I then moved back to Orkney where I grew up. After 12 months travelling around the world and with no Podiatry vacancies, I then started working for Skills Development Scotland (SDS), working my way up from an Information Co-ordinator to a Careers Adviser completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance. I then moved to a Team Leader position in 2019 and Area Manger in 2021 expanding to cover Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

Any subjects at all, as the most important thing to gain is life experience and being involved in as wide a variety as possible.

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

I love working with people. I love supporting work colleagues and local partners to help make sure we deliver the best services possible to the Moray community.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

I wanted to work in this industry because I love helping people and making a difference to people's lives. I could have benefited from more support with my own early career plans and wanted to make sure as an organisation we provide the best support we can.

What does a typical day in your role involve?

A huge part of my day-to-day involves meeting with both Skills Development Scotland (SDS) teams and partners. A lot of these meetings are developing how we approach our work and what ways we can improve on what we do.

What skills are required to do your job?

  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Motivational skills

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

It's a great sector to work in. Every day is different as there is always so much variety when you work with people. It's also hugely rewarding and if you love helping people to achieve their full potential then this would be a great career option for you.

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