Mark Dalgarno

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

Mark Dalgarno, Employer School Coordinator.

Bridge of Don Academy, Oldmacher Academy, Bucksburn Academy & Dyce Academy.

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

If I’m honest, I didn’t have any. Not because I didn’t aspire, I just didn’t know what I wanted at school. I used to think that held me back, but its only more recently that I’ve realised that my varied journey and experiences led me to where I am now. I’m happy that I was open minded.

What pathway did you follow when you left school?

I went to college to study sports & fitness first, but it wasn’t right for me. I was always quite creative, so I did a 2+2 course at Aberdeen College (now North East Scotland College), in marketing and communications, going onto RGU as part of that. But through working in retail and a spell travelling through Europe, I realised I preferred speaking to people in a customer sense, which led me to recruitment and careers. And here we are, 9 years later…

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

My passion for ensuring young people have the best support available to make the best career choices tops it. There’s so much that can be done to help them get ready for moving from education to employment so I’m excited to be working with each school and their pupils to build tailored employment programs that will make a difference.

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

It’s massive. The North East of Scotland is a brilliantly unique hub of career opportunities and we all play a part in its success. Ensuring that we have a talented and inspired workforce for years to come, comes from employers engaging with pupils, teachers and parents.

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

There’s plenty but I’d say the most significant one is that by being involved and working with schools you’ll be seen as an employer of choice in the North East of Scotland. One that people, of all ages, will take an interest in working for. People knowing that you support the development of young people is great for your brand.

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

“You either run the day, or the day runs you”.

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

Be willing to try, explore and take advice. Make sensible decisions, but don’t be afraid to get things wrong. At some point you’ll find your place but you need to enjoy the journey too.