Inspire the Future Workforce

A Career Inspiration Series

Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus (DYW) in partnership with Barnardo’s Works, Angus Council and Dundee City Council have launched an exciting new series of Career Inspiration Videos created to Inspire the Future Workforce.

This will be an ongoing project with the hope to publish two videos each week on a Tuesday and Thursday (w/c Monday 14th September for the foreseeable future).

These short 5-10 minute pre-recorded videos will consist of a Q&A with individuals from a range of different jobs across Dundee and Angus to highlight the different pathways young people can take.

We hope that these videos can be utilised within schools and other organisations that support young people to help them gain an insight into the different careers available locally. These videos highlight the importance of #NoWrongPath as we hear about the diverse career journeys that led these individuals to their current job.

To ensure accessibility for anyone who is hard of hearing, you are able to utilise the subtitles icon to turn them on. You can find it at the bottom right of the YouTube Window (CC).

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Claire Dyce

Procurement and Marketing – Grampian Growers

Meet Claire, she works for Grampian Growers a Farmer owned cooperative based on the outskirts of Montrose and she would like to share her career journey.

Click here to download re-cap sheet!

Dale Martin

Funeral Director – Selwood Funeral Directors

Meet Dale, he originally left school to do an apprenticeship in joinery but now works as as a Funeral Director for his family’s business. This is his career journey.

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Hailley Jamieson

Community Housing Assistant – Angus Council

Meet Hailley, she works for Angus Council as a Community Housing Assistant. Listen as she shares her career journey from hairdresser to council worker as she strives to become a Housing Officer.

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Bob Buttar

Waste Operative – Angus Council

Meet Bob, this is a second career for Bob. He previously served with the Fire Service for 32 years. Bob shares how his time in the Fire Service influenced his career choice later in life.

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Mimi Mwasame

Community Liaison Manager – MVV Baldovie

Meet Mimi, she shares how post election violence in Kenya ignited a fire to learn how best to educate people and eradicate ignorance around the economic, social, environmental and political issues that we face.

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Lewis Dey

Retained Fire Fighter – Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Meet Lewis, from Light and Sound Technician to Retained Fire Fighter in Carnoustie and full-time car salesman. Lewis shares with us his dual career journey and the commitment needed to be a retained Fire Fighter!

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Morgan Cosgrove

Social Care Officer – Angus Health & Social Care Partnership

Meet Morgen, inspired by family circumstances and seeing first hand the amazing support the Community Alarm team carried out everyday caring for her Papa inspired her to apply for a role as a Social Care Officer.

Click here to read her career case study.

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Scott

Police Officer – Police Scotland

Meet Scott, after graduating as a Quantity Surveyor he then decided in 1998 that he wanted to join the Police. Scott is now the Schools and Education Officer for the whole of Tayside. The rest is history!

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Norin Arshed

Senior Lecturer – University of Dundee

Meet Norin, after graduating with a Master’s degree and travelling the world she returned to academia to start her PhD.

Click here to read her career case study.

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Colin Cooper

Truck Driver – Angus Council

Meet Colin, he is a Truck Driver working for Angus Council, he drives a bin lorry, food waste, skip lorry you name it and he would like to share his career journey.

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Sandie McFarlane

Social Care Officer – Angus Health & Social Care Partnership

Meet Sandie, she would encourage young people to grasp opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering or even just requesting a workplace visit before deciding if this is the career path for you. Sandie has worked as a Social Care Officer for the last 5 years.

Click here to read her career case study.

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Laura Noonan

Teacher – Angus Council

Meet Laura, she always knew she wanted to teach! Laura learnt a lot of the key skills needed for teaching such as time management, communication and patience from working weekends in her local shop.

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Scott Milne

Financial Controller – J&D Wilkie

Meet Scott, a Financial Controller with J&D Wilkie. For some people they have just always known what they want to be when they grow up. Scott’s love of Maths and problem solving at school helped shape his career journey today.

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Hayley Wilkes & team

WeeCOOK Kitchen

Meet Hayley and her amazing team at the weeCOOK Kitchen! Having experienced unemployment at a young age, Hayley has always felt inspired to help other people. This is why the weeCOOK trains apprentices and employs local young people interested in a career in hospitality.

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Kathryn Durkin

Firefighter – Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Meet Kathryn, she has always loved working outdoors but her drive to help the local community pushed her to become a Firefighter. Kathryn’s advice to young people – if you “do something you enjoy, you’re not going to dread going in each morning!”.

Matthew Swankie & Jamie Shepherd

Firefighter – Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Meet Matthew & Jamie, who would both 100% recommend a career in the Fire Service. Remember the SFRS aren’t just looking for people who are good academically but are also looking to recruit people with a variety of skills and from all different backgrounds.

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Wayne Brown

Site Manager – NHS (Ninewells Hospital)

Meet Wayne, he never set out to choose a career in the NHS but has now been with the organisation for 26 years! After working with the Portering Team Wayne took on a a two year secondment as Site Manager at Ninewells which has now been made permanent.

Click here to read his case study.

Tracey Abbott-Gray

Home Care Resource Manager – Angus Health & Social Care Partnership

Meet Tracey, she was inspired by her mum and aunt who both worked in residential care for older people. After doing some voluntary work within a residential home Tracey applied to work as a care assistant and has progressed her career in the sector ever since!

Click here to read her case study.

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Paula Batchelor – J&D Wilkie

Meet Paula, she is the European Sales Manager for J&D Wilkie. Her job means she gets to travel all over Europe and even to China meeting suppliers and customers, however this wasn’t always the career path she had in mind.

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Catriona, Jasmine & John – SSE

Meet Catriona, Jasmine & John. They are all currently on a journey with SSE to complete a traineeship and apprenticeship and loving every minute! They give us an insight into their jobs and good advice for those considering applying for a position with SSE in the future.

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