Emma Fay is Managing Director of HR Dept Wilmslow. Beginning her HR career in 2008 working in children’s services, Emma worked her way up to the role of HR Team Leader where she ran a small team. Now qualified to postgraduate level with the CIPD, Emma is qualified mediator and has a wide range of experience in all manner of people management issues. She returned to her old college of Marple Sixth Form to show their students that there are alternative routes into careers other than university.
I think that there is so much good knowledge that local owners will be able to pass on, particularly when it comes to looking at the small business community and what career options are available within them.
How did you become involved with Gander Careers?
I have known Simone (Gander Careers Co-ordinator) for a number of years and in her roles before Gander Careers, Simone and I have done workshop/seminar type events for the local business community together and I took part in a mentoring program that Simone organised.
What activities has your business taken part in with them?
With Gander Careers, Simone introduced me to Marple Sixth Form College who were looking for someone to go and do a talk to the Business Studies students about HR – what it is and the ways that you can get into it as a career.
What benefits do you think the programme brings to both the students and your business?
I thought it was a great opportunity. Both for me to be able to go into what happened to be my old college and share some ideas which were hopefully helpful to the students. When I was a Business Studies student at that same college there was no mention of HR and I didn’t know what it was until I accidentally landed a job doing it. I also thought it was great for the students to hear that there is an alternative route to an HR career than going to University. At that young age, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and the pressure seemed to be on to go to University but it wasn’t right for me so again I hope that the session helped the students to see that there are lots of options.
Why would you encourage other local businesses to get involved?
It was a great challenge – I’m used to presenting at networking events and to clients but presenting to a room of teenagers was definitely a challenge which is always a good thing I think. I also think that there is so much good knowledge that local owners will be able to pass on, particularly when it comes to looking at the small business community and what career options are available within them.
As Emma’s example shows, there is so much that business owners and employees can teach young people. Whether it’s a career they haven’t had the chance to hear about yet or telling them about alternative routes into careers. No matter what industry or profession you are in, we guarantee that you will have invaluable knowledge to share with students throughout Stockport.
If you are part of a business and would like the opportunity to support Gander Careers then please get in touch so we can see how you might be able to ignite a spark in young peoples career education.