|Director of Social Enterprise|
|Blue Parakeet Community Interest Company|
|Charity and voluntary sector|
|Small business (0-49 employees)|
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A day in the life of a Director of Social Enterprise in the United Kingdom
When deciding on what you do next, it doesn't have to be for life - you can change careers a number of times.
My career goals when I graduated
To work as a professional archaeologist - which I did for 10 years.
My career history
10 years as an archaeologist including working in Iraq and Spain.
Managed aid programme in Bangladesh.
Home Office Civil Servant
Antenatal teacher, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Birth Doula and Infant Massage Instructor
Director of Social Enterprise
What has helped my career to progress
Having clear aims and goals
Enjoying learning and developing
Being interested in other people
Not being afraid of change or taking risks
Courses taken since graduation
Certificate in Training and Development
Advanced Diploma in Management
Diploma in Higher Education (Antenatal Teaching)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Diploma in Life, Business and Executive Coaching
How my studies have helped my career
I love learning and each course has been with a specific purpose in mind so that I have used and developed the skills I've gained through the training.
What surprised me about my career so far
That you are never too old to make changes and learn something new.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
I'd like to have finished writing my two books and see them published.
My advice to students considering work
Try and find someone who works in the area you are interested in and shadow them for a while so you can see what they day-to-day work is like.
Volunteering for an organisation I really wanted to work for has always got me a job!
My advice about working in my industry
Working in your own business can be isolating so it's important to involve other people in your work,
Network with like-minded businesses and arrange to co-locate where you can.
it's really important you enjoy whatever work you do as you spend so much time doing it!
Don't be too rigid in your plans as you might miss out on interesting opportunities which come your way.
What I do
My social enterprise aims to tackle some of the causes and effects of gender inequality.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Communication and interpersonal skills are my strengths - developed partly through formal training (qualified as trainer and coach) and partly through years of experience.
What I like most
Working directly with people and seeing them grow and develop.
What I like least
Finding funding to do some of the work that needs doing with people who can't afford to pay for it.
My accounts!! (I do have an accountant)
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