Sian is 28 years old and studied her A Levels in Ipswich, before deciding to go to university with future plans of becoming a teacher.
Although I didn’t excel in my A Levels, I was keen to pursue my chosen career following inspiration from my Geography teacher. In 2007, the University of Suffolk (University Campus Suffolk as it was known at the time) was new and exciting, and provided me with the opportunity to study a degree in English locally.
During my studies, I became a mentor for Aimhigher, mentoring younger students at a local high school, and helping them to think about their future choices. I loved this role and upon graduation in 2010, decided to hold off my application for teacher training, applying instead for a one year post at the University in Student Recruitment and Marketing.
It was during this year that I received the greatest guidance and support from my line manager in regard to developing my career, and came to realise that I definitely wanted to work with young people; however not as a teacher. My aspirations had altered and I wanted to continue working to support local students with making good career choices. The University provided me with the chance to do this and I became a Widening Participation Officer in 2011. The University then supported me in studying for a Post Graduation Diploma in Childhood and Youth Studies, from which I graduated in 2014.
I moved on to support students in Norwich as an Outreach Manager for UEA, and then in both Cambridge and Peterborough as a Collaborative Outreach Manager for Anglia Ruskin University. In 2016, I decided to challenge myself by moving out of higher education and into the charitable sector.
I became a Regional Manager for Career Ready, a fantastic charity that works to support young people in becoming work ready. I now support students in Cambridge to discover local employers, work related opportunities, and to develop a set of core skills that will enable them to find success in their chosen career.
In my personal life, I recently bought a new house, married and had my first child; I am back to work this month, following 10 wonderful months with my son.