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MyBigCareer was launched because of our concern about a lack of independent careers advice for young people – a key factor in boosting social mobility.
In recent times, various schemes have emerged, including centrally-funded Aim Higher projects and the EMA, which was aimed at post-16 retention. Funding for these programmes is no longer available.
Deborah Streatfield, founder of MyBigCareer, is a careers consultant, who has provided personalised support and advice to students for more than 30 years. She currently works with a diverse range of clients including families of students seeking specialist advice on a retained basis as well as homeless people looking for a path to a fairly paid job, an education and a career. Deborah provides guidance across GCSE and A-level choices, university admission applications, and vocational courses leading to trade and professional occupations.
Funding for the charity comes from philanthropic organisations sharing goals in common with our mission and the corporate sector. Donations are most welcome.
The charity’s patron, Sir Vince Cable, is working hard to secure further funding.
We would also like to thank the following for their continued support and endorsement of MyBigCareer:
Carole Stone, CBE
I am delighted to be a ‘supporter’ of MyBigCareer.
MyBigCareer was founded under Deborah Streatfield’s leadership in 2013. The charity has the hugely important, indeed essential, aim to break down the barriers to social mobility by helping underprivileged young people realise their potential through the delivery of one-to-one careers guidance. Raising young people’s aspirations and supporting students as they progress onto further education, including university, or the workplace is invaluable. The work is totally voluntary and there is no charge to schools.
MyBigCareer needs careers advisers to help disadvantaged young people to find the right progression route.
And it needs people from business who will take the time to share their experience and expertise in the workplace to advise these young people on the area of work in which they are interested. It needs people who will listen and act and who care.
I have observed what Deborah Streatfield is achieving through the charity since it started and have been heartened by the work it does and the help it gives young people at such a crucial time in their life. I will do my best to raise awareness of this immensely worthwhile work. MyBigCareeer deserves to grow for both the sake of the young people who need help and for the good of society.
The Rt Hon the Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, PC LLD
I am a bus driver’s daughter from a working class community in the West of Scotland. An inspiring education in a State school with teachers who had a true vocation, and a Head Teacher who would not settle for second best , unleashed a world of opportunity that took me to University, Parliament, the Cabinet and The Privy Council as well as the Diplomatic Service. I am not alone: my classmates went on to become Cabinet ministers and High Court judges, surgeons and engineers, all from homes where we were the first in our families to go to University.
When you are given chances like that, when you see how a really good education can unleash unlimited opportunity, you have a duty to do what you can to ensure others get the same opportunities.
That is why I support MyBigCareer.