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.
It’s been a busy year for MyBigCareer with our volunteer careers advisors helping 737 students by delivering over 200 face-to-face guidance sessions, at 15 different schools across Hackney, Tower Hamlets and West London and 75 volunteers have given up 663 hours of their time between them. We have organised a number of presentations on higher…
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.
Dr Carlos Gomez