Careers

Meet the Team

We recently noticed that under the ‘Careers’ section of the school website there was no information...which isn’t very helpful! So, we’ve decided to fix this, starting with an introduction as to who we are and how we used own career management skills to end up in the role we are in now. As a team, we can help you develop your own career management skills which will hopefully help you all go on to positive, long term opportunities that you will enjoy.

So, without further ado, here is a brief(ish) introduction to your school’s careers team:

Ann O’May – School Career Coach

Who can believe I’ve been the Careers Adviser in Hermitage Academy for 2 years already! Time flies when you’re having fun! I really enjoy my job and one of my goals is to encourage pupils to research their ideas fully and consider all the pathways open to them, probably because I didn’t!

When I left school, I decided University wasn’t for me (I didn’t actually research it) and I gained employment with The Royal Bank of Scotland. Here I learned lots of useful skills and was fortunate to work within many different departments from branch level to regional office and finally within Human Resources. I was keen to continue studying and completed my Banking Exams and a Certificate in Personnel Practice at Strathclyde University (which the bank paid for). I then came to a point where I had to decide whether to take redundancy or stay within Human Resources. I decided to take redundancy and try something different! I took time to reflect on my past choices…. who had I gone to for help?

I began to research Careers Guidance and realised that this was something I would enjoy and an area I could use the skills I had developed. I went back to University as an adult, loved the experience and qualified as a Careers Adviser. My first job in Careers Guidance was in a project working with people recovering from mental ill health and addiction where I faced numerous new experiences, challenges and grew as a person. I have never regretted the decision to change my career.

Looking back, although I didn’t know it at the time, I used Career Management Skills to help me make decisions about my career – I thought about my interests, what I wanted for myself (SELF), I considered my skills (STRENGTHS) and looked at the opportunities available (HORIZONS) whilst gaining advice and guidance from relevant people (NETWORKS) along the way.

Your career might take you in lots of different directions so it’s important to have a positive attitude, make a good impression and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way!