Kelly Cormack - School Co-ordinator

Kelly Cormack - School Co-ordinator

What company do you currently work for?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray

What is your name?

Kelly Cormack

What is your job title?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) School Co-ordinator

Provide a brief description of your business.

DYW Moray is an employer-led government organisation working with local businesses who provide opportunities for young people in developing their employability skills to better prepare them for the world of work.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school.

I left school at 16 to work in the Candy Box (confectionary) while I did my YMCA training to become a Fitness Instructor. After I had my family, I carried on running my fitness classes and did more training in Zumba Fitness where I taught adults and children running classes across Moray. During that time, I was also a Personal Assistant for a Web Design company where I would organise the Director's schedule, as well as liaising with clients and overseeing projects.

Once my children were a bit older and less reliant on me, I was in need of a new challenge. I decided to enrol on the HNC Business course at Moray College UHI. My ambition was to carry on and gain my HND. However, I developed a real interest in business and had a passion to develop my knowledge and skills further and I went on to achieve an Executive MBA passing with distinction. During that time, I also ran an engineering company with my husband where I was responsible for the paperwork and accounts.

I am now a School Co-ordinator at DYW Moray and have been in my role for over a year. I feel very fortunate, the day before my final Masters Research Project was due I was employed by DYW and haven't looked back!

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

  • English
  • Maths
  • Business Management
  • Computing
  • Digital Learning
  • History

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

The most satisfying part of my work is when I co-ordinate school asks with employers. This can range from career pathway talks, mock interviews, team building/leadership workshops, projects with local businesses and face-to-face career events and sector days.

It is refreshing to see the commitment from our local employers who want to invest in the young people of Moray and it's even more rewarding to see the young people benefitting from these opportunities and experiences.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

One of the main reasons for carrying on with my MBA was to improve my chances of a career in an educational environment.

Did you ever want to pursue another career?

My dream was to be a dancer so I did the next best thing and became a Fitness/Zumba Instructor!

What does a typical day in your role involve?

My role varies from day-to-day. Sometimes I'm in my schools where I'm based 3 days per week meeting with teachers to arrange employer talks, workshops, events, projects etc along with any other asks I can support with.

As we are employer led, I can be out and about meeting with employers to find out what opportunities they can provide for our schools. Though, this has been limited with the challenges and restrictions the pandemic has presented where meetings have been moved online.

What skills are required to do your job?

Organisational skills would be top of my list. There can be a lot going on at any one time and therefore it's important to keep on top of everything and prioritise tasks.

Timekeeping would be another. I can have a lot of meetings in a week and it's important to be on time and not keep people waiting. It's also important to manage my own schedule where I don't over commit and have a work/life balance, especially when working from home.

As I have a front facing role, people and communication skills are essential. I'm always friendly and helpful and will go that extra mile to ensure the task, request or ask is carried out efficiently and in a timely manner.

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

Carry out a bit of research on the organisation, find out what skills, qualities and qualifications you need to pursue a career. If possible do some volunteering or work experience to gain an insight into the industry.

Always believe in yourself, never give up no matter how hard you may find it, sleep on it, tomorrow is another day and normally comes along with the solution. Keep thinking of the end goal and the feeling of achievement and self worth. Finally, never be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.

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Here at DYW Moray, we'd like to encourage those of you who are employed in Moray to share your career story with us so that we can promote these to Moray's young people. Go on, share your career story now!

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