Not sure what you want to do for a career? Neither did the progression team when they left school

Rachel Scott, Progression Worker has had a number of job roles until she found a job she loves. 

Now working as a member of the progression team she is helping to support young people aged 16 - 24 years find careers of their own. 

Rachel told us, "In school I didn't really know what I wanted to do for a career but I did have an interest in Geography, so my choice for a college course was travel related and I looked into my local college. I decided on the one that had the most trips to go on! We went to London, York, Whitby, Paris, Barcelona, South of France All in two years!!!

 I made amazing friends and memories during this course and my course tutor eventually became my boss as it was during my time in college that I quite fancied the idea of becoming a lecturer, within Travel but I wanted to gain as many experiences within the world of work before I went straight into teaching! Below is a little time line of my career background!

Age 16-18—Left school went to college to study Leisure and Tourism as I had an interest in travel and seeing the world! I also got a part time job as a Saturday girl in a retail clothing shop Select

Age 19-23 Went to University to study Tourism Management I hated the course but stuck at it! Had numerous jobs whilst studying including:

Kitchen Assistant

Bingo Caller


Traffic monitor

Overseas Holiday Rep

Counter Assistant—in a fish and chip shop hated the smell of the fat in my hair!

Call centre worker—cold calling people selling photography packages

Call Centre worker— Travel Agents—preferred this as customers would ring us for holidays

Passenger Handling Agent—Teesside Airport, I checked people in for their flights and greeted arriving passengers and escorted them through passport control

Age 24 Went to work for Hays travel within the Foreign exchange only lasted 3 months as always picked up colds and germs from handling all the money!

Age 24 34— Gained a job within a Volunteer Centre where I supported people into voluntary work I loved this job! This was a part time role and whilst working here I went back to studying, I studied Advice and Guidance level 3 and 4 and also got my teaching qualification and gained employment with Middlesbrough College teaching Travel and Tourism, Aviation and Holiday Representative qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3.

Age 34-35 The volunteer centre folded but all remaining staff went to work for a similar charity called Groundwork, I was still teaching at Middlesbrough College on a part time basis.

Age 35–36 Gained full time employment in an Engineering college as student welfare support and teaching assistant

Age 36—Left the Engineering college and went to work for Human Kind for about 6 months, left as the travel was too much!

Age 36 To present day Progression Worker for DurhamWorks!

Within all my past employment I thoroughly enjoyed working with people and supporting people. I have worked with many different people of all ages and backgrounds and all with different support needs. During my time in teaching I realised that I thoroughly enjoyed working with and supporting young people, so I feel the role I currently have suits me and I enjoy it very much!!! I love seeing the journey that young people take from the first meeting to the last, when the get into employment or training. It really makes me smile knowing I have been a part of that journey, even if  I was only part of it for a small part!"

Rachels story is mixed with a variety of roles and it just goes to show, that when you leave school you may have an idea of what you want to do but there as so many other opportunities out there. Contact the DurhamWorks team to find your next move

Posted in General News, Professionals News on Mar 08, 2021

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