Name and new job title, schools you are going to be covering:
Taylor Legge, Employer School Coordinator covering Lochside Academy and Aberdeen Grammar.
As a young person, what was your aspirations growing up?
I wanted to be a hairdresser until I did a taster session at college and realised I wasn’t very good at it!
What pathway did you follow when you left school?
I followed quite a traditional pathway, going straight from school to study International Business Management at RGU. There I had lots of amazing opportunities such as a year work placement with Xerox and study abroad in Canada. My post university path hasn’t been quite as smooth – I decided to move back to Canada, living and working in Toronto. When CV19 hit I jumped on the last flight back to Scotland! Since then I’ve been coordinating the education programme for a brilliant charity which engages young people using sport. I’m excited to now have the opportunity to support young people in my home city with DYW.
What are you most excited about getting stuck into in your new role?
I’m really looking forward to getting to know the schools I’m responsible for and understanding how we can work as a team to best support its pupils.
How crucial do you think the link is between schools and employers?
I think the link is a necessity. Bringing employers and pupils together allow employers the unique opportunity to shape the future talent pool while also better equipping young people to enter the workplace. It’s so important that young people in the North-east are aware of just how many opportunities are available to them – they can be and do anything they want to!
What do you think is the greatest benefit to employers that are involved with DYW?
There are so many to choose from – young people bring such a wealth of new ideas and energy. I also think it’s a great personal development opportunity that employers can offer their staff, which at the same time can raise their organisations profile.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra that you live by?
Be yourself, no one else can!
What would be your one piece of advice to 12-year old you?
Don’t worry so much! Now there is so much pressure on young people so it’s even more important that we remember to have fun and enjoy ourselves – things will always work out for the best.