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Careers Champion October 2015

Congratulations to Bernie Corrighan – the second Careers Champion!

Over 2000 votes were submitted in the second Careers Champion final poll. Six fantastic finalists were nominated – all doing great careers work. After an extremely close contest that went down to the last few hours, the final voting breakdown was:

Winner: Bernie Corrighan: 34.3% 
Runner-up: John Gibson: 24.7%

Claire Leslie: 13.3%
Ben Robertson: 11.7%
Laura Meade: 10.8%
Adrienne Jolly: 5.2%

Bernie Corrighan

Formerly with Connexions, Bernie became the Careers Adviser at Waldegrave and Grey Court schools (Richmond borough) in 2011. She has worked tirelessly to expand the Careers IAG provision at both schools and organises events, trips and careers fairs to inspire students. Assistant Head at Waldegrave Assal Ruse said: “Bernie works over and beyond her remit. Her priority always is to look out for the best interests of students. Her workload has increased enormously with the opening of a new sixth form and yet she still provides an outstanding service that is second to none. We are so lucky to have her here.”

 

Also Nominated for the October 2015 Award

John Gibson

John Gibson

A key member of North Tyneside Council’s Connexions service, John has continued to provide creative approaches to CEIAG delivery for over 30 years. He has successfully piloted new delivery ideas and helped to develop innovative Careers resources. He is currently working with two local schools to achieve Careers excellence. North Tyneside Connexions colleague Helen Witton said: “John has mentored many students, and delivered CPD programmes. His enthusiasm is a huge motivator for the staff team. He is highly respected by colleagues, schools and a range of local partner agencies.”

North Tyneside Connexions

Laura Meade

Laura Meade

As Careers Co-ordinator of St Augustine's Catholic School (Scarborough), Laura takes an experiential approach to Careers and WRL. From Careers fairs to employer engagement she has helped to create a truly aspirational environment within the school. North Yorkshire Coast HE Collaboration member Richard Adams said: “Laura has enabled pupils from her school to engage in more University-led careers activity than any other pupils on the North Yorks Coast. Her dedication shines through in her tireless work to ensure her pupils are availed of every possible opportunity to think about careers and personal success."

St Augustine's School

Claire Leslie

Claire Leslie

As a Senior Careers Consultant at Warwick University, Claire is primarily responsible for the provision of Careers to Law School students. Drawing on a vast range of legal and industry experience, Claire provides a knowledgeable insight as she supports and manages student progession. She is also a prolific blogger on a range of Careers issues. Colleague Charlie Cunningham said: “Claire works tirelessly for students across the university and beyond, managing and writing most of the content on Warwick's Careers Blog. She has also developed a range of support for law students here, enabling them to see the full range of options open to them and giving them informed no-nonsense advice.”

Warwick Careers Blog

Ben Robertson

Ben Robertson

Ben is an innovative and tech-minded Careers Consultant who has helped to transform Career Learning and digital communication at Leeds Beckett University. He has tirelessly championed the effectiveness of multiple routes to student engagement . Head of Careers Claire Aydogan said: “Ben has repeatedly improved how the careers service is delivered to students using technology. He is an expert in social media and has tripled our engagement of students simply by using differing platforms. He has modernised how we deliver our service using Prezi, feeling confident using Skype so we can reach out further to our students. He regularly receives first class feedback.”

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Adrienne Jolly

Adrienne Jolly

Adrienne is a Careers Adviser at the University of East Anglia mainly supporting students in the Arts and Humanities department. A Careers all-rounder, her work ranges from one-to-one guidance, career management and group work. She is also the co-creator and lead on the hugely successful ‘Working with Words’ conference exploring writing and communication careers. Colleague Maresa Padmore said: “Adrienne’s exemplary work helps to attract over 300 students to this day-long conference. The beauty of Working With Words in this HE setting is that Adrienne uses, almost exclusively, UEA alumni, giving students a real sense of achievability and realisable aspiration."

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