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  • Career WorkOut makes you feel really enthused about your role afterwards – Charlotte Lutz, Network Rail

    Charlotte Lutz of Network Rail has recently become involved in Worktree’s Career WorkOut program.

    “I am the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, Route Services at Network Rail. The Managing Director, Route Services sits on our Executive Committee reporting directly into our Chief Executive”.

    “I have worked for Network Rail for 10 years, with the last 2 ½ years working for the Managing Director, Route Services”.

    “I live in Milton Keynes and my daughter attends sixth form here.  As a parent of a child currently making decisions about their future education and career, I understand how important it is for students to have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from other people’s experiences. The world of work is a mysterious place to students, so it’s great to give them insight into what really goes on at work and how we got to where we are today”.

    “I have attended a few sessions at Hazeley Academy with a variety of year groups.  We have also had the opportunity for students to come into our workplace, which gave them great insight into what the inside of an office looks like and the vast, diverse range of people who work there”.

    “In this activity the students rotate around the guests, spending a few minutes with each guest and ask us questions on our jobs and our background.  The students are also encouraged to ask us about skills such as team work and problem solving – it really gets you thinking about the job you do”.

    “It’s great that young people have the opportunity to get involved in this and learn about so many different careers and organisations.   In all of my experiences of this activity, the students have asked really engaging questions and related answers to their own skills and interests”.

    “The sessions really encourage you think to think about your own role and all the different skills you use.  The students really care ‘how’ your role makes you feel – they want to know what you enjoy, what causes you stress and what encourages you to develop – that really gets you thinking as we’re often so busy ‘doing’ that we don’t stop and think about how our jobs and the challenges we face make us feel”.

    “Career WorkOut makes you feel really enthused about your role afterwards and it’s great that the students show such interest”.

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  • “I say YES” – Philip Watling, author

    Philip Watling was hit by in a car in 1994 and spent five months in hospital. Having been advised to write a diary of his hospital experiences, and with friends suggesting he write a book, did just that.  Flight of a Lifetime has been on sale since 2008.  In 2017, Philip took part his first Career WorkOut session.

    “Having been asked to take part in Career WorkOut,’ says Philip, “my first thought was ‘Why me? I don’t even work!’.  Then I realised that I have been through a unique experience and I might be able to inspire people.  So why not me?”

    “My first venture was at Oakgrove School.  I sat with a dozen-or-so business people for a very rewarding hour and stumbled through the session trying to decide on what I was going to talk about.  As soon as I mentioned I had written a book though they looked interested and when I said I had died in 1994 all eyes were on me.  They wanted to know its title and many flicked through the copy I had on me, some even writing down the title on their hands.

    “I was amazed at the interest given to little old me and the knowledge that I could make a child think about their future in a better way, or give them the inspiration to fight against the hard times, was very rewarding.  I have since discovered that at least one pupil bought my book from Amazon (http://ow.ly/DKc3l), which is such a good feeling.

    “I have no colleagues, but if anyone in Milton Keynes, working or retired, is thinking about coming to a session I say YES. It gives one such a good feeling knowing that they are helping the next generation care for them in their retirement.  LOL!”

    Check out Philip’s inspiring (e)book, Flight of a Lifetime- the true story of life, death, resurrection, horses.

    See Philip’s work for another charity, MK SNAP, in a film made by the Co-op.

    To have a go at Career WorkOut, click here.

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  • Nilofer Ali of Network Rail reflects on Career WorkOut

    Nilofer Ali has worked at Network Rail for 4 years, currently in Human Resources as a Resourcing Business Partner Support”.

    “I volunteered with Worktree as I like to be able to make a difference and help/support people in my role,” she says.  “Worktree was recommended by one of my colleagues as a great opportunity to be able to do this.

    “I volunteered at Oakgrove School and this involved me and other adults from different professions to talk and answer career questions/experiences from Year 10 students.

    “I felt like I had made an impact on the students to help them think about what they are passionate about and enjoy doing as this can also shape the career they pursue.”

    If you would like to make a difference to local school students, sign up for a session at www.worktree.org/events

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