Joe, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I joined Visionpath in February having spent the last three years as a Football Academy Coach at Cambridge United. I have always worked in a role helping young people in some capacity and enjoyed helping the footballers progress at Cambridge United either on the football pitch, or into their next steps in employment away from football.
Before this I studied at St Mary’s University, Twickenham – where despite having a career background in sports, I actually studied a Management degree! In my spare time I enjoy seeing my friends, I also enjoy being active and playing football for Newmarket Town.
Why did you want to join the team at Visionpath?
I was excited to grasp the opportunity to work in a role where I could help young people progress into their ideal career or apprenticeship. It is a really great feeling knowing that when you go to work you are creating opportunity for young people to realise their own career aspirations and giving them the pathway to achieve this. I’m motivated by the feeling that I am helping people, I wanted to join the team at Visionpath to achieve this within my day to day work.
What aspects of your new role are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about having the opportunity to see people flourish as they progress through our programmes. Often people get little feedback on these pathways until they reach the end of the process, so to work with the candidates and help them along the way is exciting for me. It’s also great to know that we can offer students opportunities that either they didn’t know existed or wouldn’t have had access to without our programmes.
What does being future-ready mean to you?
Being future-ready to me doesn’t mean necessarily knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life at a young age, I know I didn’t! It’s about being willing to put yourself in a position where you can learn and take in new experiences as often as possible.
It’s also about exploring the options you have and understanding the skills or qualifications needed to progress into your ideal career. All the skills and experiences you take at this stage will only benefit you in the long term, then whatever career you decide to chase, you will have a wealth of experience and knowledge you can call upon to get there.
What career advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Make the most of the spare time you have and use this to gain experiences in the real world. Be brave and more pro-active exploring work experiences with people in the roles you aspire to be in one day. You never know where something like this could take you and what could come out of putting yourself in new and challenging situations.