Helping Young People Make Decisions About Their Future
I welcome the dedication of MyBigCareer to help young people realise their ambitions through further study or work.
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MyBigCareer is an excellent charity keen to make sure that all young people get the best informed careers advice whether or not their parents can pay for it. I am delighted to have worked with MyBigCareer from the outset and that it has chosen to start its work in Hackney, with an office base in one of our secondary schools.
The charity will provide much needed face to face guidance for the most disadvantaged, aiming to break down barriers and promote social mobility.
MyBigCareer is a charity with an excellent idea of what is needed to help provide school children with the help and guidance required to get them into their chosen careers or further study.
I am very impressed by the project. Seeking to improve careers access for less fortunate young people is both an important and wholly commendable initiative, and I wish Deborah and MyBigCareer every success.
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 25 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, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, is working hard to secure further funding.
What people are saying
“I have found Deborah’s support and advice with my personal statement very helpful and effective. With her I’ve also identified ways to improve my writing.”
“Deborah has given me a lot of confidence and in such a short time she has made a great contribution to my University application process.”
“Deborah has given me advice on what University would be good for me and has given invaluable assistance with the LNAT test. When discussing my personal statement she has aided me with legal terminology despite that not being her field of expertise she found a way to help me. “
Dr Carlos Gomez