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Congratulations Zofia: 9th Careers Champion!

After another amazing online final with over 8,500 votes cast, Zofia Ciopcinski from Grimsby Institute topped the poll to be crowned the 9th Careers Champion. Amazing support also went to runner-up Mary Pickin from Northumbria University and 3rd placed Judith Hanley (Southampton Solent). Sarfraz Ahemd (Leicester College) was 4th in a celebration of outstanding careers work!

Zofia will feature on our Champions wall in the coming days!

Best of luck to all the shortlisted finalists and please encourage colleagues, associates and friends to get involved. In the end we are simply celebrating people doing great careers work (see bios below)!

Careers Champion is delighted to announce the 4 short-listed finalists for the 9th Careers Champion award. After dozens of nominations to consider, the following four people will take part in the online final from Thursday November 15 and a chance to win prizes worth over £1000:

Judith Hanley, Careers Adviser at Southampton Solent University

Sarfraz Ahmed,  Careers Adviser at Leicester College

Zofia Ciopcinski, Careers Adviser at Grimsby Institute

Mary Pickin, Careers Adviser at Northumbria University

Working Adviser founder Anthony Reynolds said: “Congratulations to four very worthy finalists. Once again Careers work is the winner. Careers Champion celebrates much of the unsung Careers work that goes on day to day. Good luck to everyone shortlisted!”

The online final takes place on this page from Thursday November 15th to Wednesday November 21st. Full details available here

See our Champions wall for details of our last competition


Great Prizes

Again we have some fantastic new prizes for our 9th competition courtesy of our Provider Partners Working AdviserThe Morrisby Organisation and Prospects Education Resources.

The 9th Careers Champion winner will receive:

A Careers Champion trophy, £75 Amazon voucher, a Prospects Education Resources prize package worth £250, A Morrisby Fast Tomato licence or Morrisby Online Profiling voucher worth over £350 and a Careers Champion mug.

Runner-up will receive: A £50 Amazon voucher, Prospects Occupations Encyclopedia and a Careers Champion mug.

Third placed finalist will receive a £40 Amazon voucher and Careers Champion mug.

Remaining finalists: A £25 Amazon gift voucher and Careers Champion mug.


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More about the Nominees

Judith Hanley

Judith Hanley

As a careers adviser at Southampton Solent University, Judith has provided impartial advice to students for over six years. She has also designed and delivered careers presentations and facilitated student employability workshops. Judith's work also encompasses research into careers education developments and advising academics on ways to effectively embed employability into their curriculum. Nominator Nicola Hanley said: "Judith has done amazing work setting up a brand new initiative called the clothing closet. They have taken donated clothes to give to students for free so they can make the right first impression at job interviews.

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Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz is an award-winning careers professional with over 20 years of experience, Currently a careers adviser at Leicester College, he is actively involved in delivering guidance activities across college, which include providing individual guidance interviews with students at the college as well the general public. Nominator Lynn Howes said: "Sarfraz will always go the extra mile which may mean attending evening events outside of office hours just to show support. He remembers details about students and takes an interest in them whatever they are hoping to pursue. I highly rate and recommend him as an expert in his professional field."

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Mary Pickin

Mary Pickin

Mary is a Higher Education careers professional with 17 years experience in the sector. She has been involved with Northumbria University for over 14 years and during that time has gone above and beyond to support students. Her efforts were rewarded with a recent nomination at the AGCAS Excellence Awards. Colleague Jenny O'Neill said: "Mary has pioneered an innovative new approach to engage WP and students experiencing mental health regarding disclosure when job hunting. Mary is passionate about providing everyone with equal opportunities. She is the funniest, kind and caring Careers Adviser who is able to build excellent rapport with students.

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Zofia Ciopcinski

Zofia Ciopcinski

Zofia is a dedicated careers professional and part of the highly regarded careers team at the Grimsby Institute. She regularly goes above and beyond to support students in her day-to-day work and ensures that they have the very best information and advice available to them for their future employability plans. Nominator and colleague Martina Swift said: "Zofia is an amazing font of knowledge, dedicated and enthusiastic and forever amazing. She goes beyond the role of a careers professional to help all our learners, staff and colleagues."

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