Jolene Young - School Co-Ordinator

Jolene Young - School Co-Ordinator

What is your name?

Jolene Young

What is your job title?

DYW School Co-Ordinator

What secondary school did you attend?

Milnes High School

Describe your career pathway after leaving school

I left school to work as an Office Junior at Grigor & Young before moving to Glasgow and got another junior position with an accounts firm, RMD. They merged with Deloitte and I worked my way up to Secretary, then PA before becoming a Tax Assistant. Whilst working for another accounting firm, Campbell Dallas, I decided to move back to Moray and began working with Johnston Carmichael. Having always had a passion for beauty therapy, I retrained at Moray College, leaving with my HNC in Beauty Therapy and worked for Revive in Nairn before becoming self employed. I returned to the college as a Learning Assistant in 2014, also becoming Bank Lecturer before accepting the position as DYW School Co-Ordinator.

What school subjects would be helpful to study to undertake your job?

  • Modern Studies
  • English/Communications

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

Finding ways to help enhance the curriculum and speaking to employers and finding out how passionate they are about supporting young people.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

Ultimately, to help young people achieve their potential.

What daily duties do you carry out as part of your job?

  • Speaking/meeting with employers and businesses
  • Identifying opportunities which are suitable for young people
  • Speaking with teachers/guidance staff and SDS CIAGs to find opportunities for young people

What skills are required to do this job?

  • Good communication skills
  • Time management and ability to multitask
  • Problem solving
  • Have good people skills
  • Self management

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

I love my role, it is very diverse with each day being different. My advice would be don't be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone and always be open to learning new things and from those around you.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years' time in terms of your career?

Oooh, I would still like to be involved with curriculum and education but I don't have a specific job role in mind - it might not exist - YET!

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