Name, new job title and schools you are going to be covering:
Megan Hare, Employer School Coordinator for Banchory, Aboyne and Westhill Academies.
As a young person, what was your aspirations growing up?
To be a foreign correspondent and to have a family.
What pathway did you follow when you left school?
I had a gap year as an Au Pair in Germany before undertaking an International Business and German degree at Aston University in Birmingham (where I met my future husband). I was then a reporter for real-time news service for traders in London; spent a year backpacking around the world; moved to Aberdeen with fiancée and worked in Sales, Marketing and PR; expatriated with husband for 12 years to France, USA & Qatar; had 3 children and did voluntary work and fund-raising for their schools, as well as teaching yoga.
I returned to the North East of Scotland in 2011, coaching gymnastics and continuing voluntary work as part of Banchory Academy Parent Council through which I started arranging Lunchtime Careers Talks in 2015, bringing parents and, later on, local employers in to school to talk about their professions to pupils from S1-S6.
What are you most excited about getting stuck into in your new role?
First and foremost, getting to know the schools I’ll be working with. After that, supporting employers and schools to form strong partnerships, and supporting parents/carers in being well-informed about career pathways for their children so that all together we can give our young people the tools and inspiration to start well in the world of work and take their place confidently as our most valuable resource in the workplace.
How crucial do you think the link is between schools and employers?
Even from something as simple as a 30-minute careers talk from an employer, I have seen how pupils are inspired and employers are uplifted by passing on their knowledge and experience. Employer engagement in schools helps young people be aspirational about life beyond school and it gives employers the opportunity to influence the future workforce. Both of these elements are important for a healthy society.
What do you think is the greatest benefit to employers that are involved with DYW?
I have seen that many employers find sheer pleasure in supporting our young people – they remember their own school days, whether good or bad, and wish to support today’s school-goers. They are very likely to have children themselves who will benefit from employer input in their education. But the greatest benefit must surely be that employers can spread the word about the skills and attributes they are looking for in their future employees and guide young people in developing those skills and attributes.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra that you live by?
Aspire to be kind and non-judgmental, and to truly listen.
What would be your one piece of advice to 12-year old you?
Get informed about jobs and follow what you enjoy. Don’t say you can’t achieve something – break it down into small steps, and don’t be embarrassed or too proud to seek help.