Alan Mitchell

Alan Mitchell

Name and new job title, schools you are going to be covering:

Alan Mitchell, Employer School Coordinator covering Banff Academy and Turriff Academy

As a young person, what was your aspirations growing up?

Throughout most of my time at school I never really had a focus as to what I wanted to do as a career and was more interested in how much sport I could play in a week. This then led to deciding in my senior years of school that I would like to be a PE Teacher.

What pathway did you follow when you left school?

When I left school I went onto Aberdeen College to study for an HND in Sports Coaching and Development with the intention I would then go onto university to study to become a PE teacher. After my college course, although accepted to university, I decided this was not for me and secured employment in the leisure industry instead.

What are you most excited about getting stuck into in your new role?

I am most excited about working together with the schools which I am covering along with building on existing and creating new relationships with the local employers. I am also very excited to see the young people in the area develop as a person with the opportunities that are available to them.

How crucial do you think the link is between schools and employers?

The link between schools and employers are vitally important for both the schools and the employers equally. By having this link it provides the young people with information and experience in the ‘world of work’ before deciding on the correct career path for them.

What do you think is the greatest benefit to employers that are involved with DYW?

The main benefit to the employer who is involved with DYW and working with the local schools is that they can have a huge impact on the young people in their area and get a first-hand look at their potential future workforce. Working with the young people and being involved with the schools will give your company fresh ideas which you may have missed otherwise.

Do you have a motto or personal mantra that you live by?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but always learn from the mistakes you make.

What would be your one piece of advice to 12-year old you?

Don’t be afraid to try different things, gain new experiences and to find out what you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy.