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Careers Champion November 2018

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!

Also Nominated for the November 2018 Award

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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