Joseph Campbell of Network Rail reflects on Career WorkOut experience

Joseph Campbell of Network Rail is a new volunteer to Career WorkOut.  Read his story below about his experience of these sessions so far.

I am a Senior Finance Business Partner at Network Rail.  I started my current role in December 2017.   I have been here for just under five months (so still fairly new).

I am currently a Governor (vice chair) at my former secondary school.  I have a keen interest in all aspects of the educational welfare of the next generation and I believe that a key to improving educational attainment is to feed and grow aspirations.

The idea of speaking to pupils about my career, providing more information and answering questions was something that appealed to me as it aligns with my personal belief that it would help fuel their aspirations.

I took part in a Career WorkOut at Hazeley Academy in Milton Keynes.  It involved taking questions from pupils about my career.  This included my day to day tasks, the entry into my career and educational background.

I was very impressed by the pupils who I spoke to.  I was very impressed with how articulate and focused they were.  I can think back to when I was their age and I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.  However, so many of them had a strong belief of what they wanted to achieve and many of the career paths mentioned were admirable (such as medicine and engineering).

After speaking to the pupils and taking stock of their questions, I realised that I should give myself some credit for what I have achieved in my career to date. It was flattering to hear young people say that their goal is to get to the place where you have got to.

It also gave me motivation to move forward and do even more than I already have.