If you are searching for an inspirational speaker or adviser on career and higher education choices, please read on. I am an independent consultant and Registered Career Development Professional with over 40 years’ successful and varied experience as a guidance practitioner and I offer a unique and distinctive service to schools, colleges, universities, private clients and corporate clients in the UK and worldwide.
I am located on the south coast of England in Portchester, Hampshire, but travel widely to deliver my services. Over the past eight years I am proud to have worked with a very diverse range of over 60 organisations and 100 private clients, not just in the UK but also in France, Dubai, Lesotho and the USA. I also wrote a best-selling booklet as well as many articles for the late, lamented Which? University website on the topic of UCAS personal statements.
My speciality is the provision of individual guidance and talks on all the options that are open to young people when they leave school or college. These options include higher education in UK or overseas, sponsored degree schemes, school-leaver programmes, apprenticeships, employment, self-employment, gap year schemes, portfolio careers or just taking your own unconventional pathway. I also speak and advise on topics surrounding university applications, UCAS personal statements and the skills that young people now need for their future careers in a radically-changing world.
I have had extensive experience as a careers guidance practitioner in a variety of roles in UK and overseas. I started freelancing in August 2011 after 19 years at Havant Sixth Form College, where I led a guidance team that established a wide reputation for innovation and consistently high levels of student satisfaction.
A full list of all my clients can be seen on my Clients and Associated Organisations page. Those organisations with whom I have actively worked in the past five years include the following:
The Henrietta Barnett School (London), Roedean School (Brighton), St John’s College (Portsmouth), Dr Challoner’s Grammar School (Amersham), Woking College (Surrey), Jumeirah College (Dubai), John Hanson Community School (Andover), St Clare’s (Oxford), Stamford School (Lincolnshire), Bryanston School (Dorset), The Blandford School (Dorset), Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, Woodbridge School (Suffolk), Newman College (Hove), Christ’s Hospital School (Horsham), Prospects Group (London), University of Birmingham, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of South Wales, Edge Hill University, Aimhigher West Midlands, Which? University, University of Portsmouth, National Career Guidance Shows, Southern Universities Network (SUN), Western Outreach Network (WON), Spirit in Sport Careers Café (Portsmouth), UCAS Conferences, Education Development Trust (Hampshire), Whitgift School (Croydon), Bablake School (Coventry), Sandown Bay Academy (Isle of Wight), Concord College (Shropshire), EBP South (Hampshire), Central Careers Hub (London), Itchen College (Southampton), Heathcote School (Chingford), Higher Education for Me (County Durham), Ticehurst & Flimwell Primary School (East Sussex), Goffs School (Cheshunt), St Catherine’s School (Twickenham), Kings Monkton School (Cardiff), Innervate Career Services (Surrey), KPMG (London, Birmingham and Manchester), Senior Press (London).
For more information that illustrates the breadth of my client base, please go to:
I am also on the Advisory Board of SACU (https://sacu-student.com/) who offer an independent and impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers and a Careers Quiz which is very useful for generating career, university and apprenticeship ideas.
I am grateful to have received many compliments from satisfied clients about the high quality service or inspirational guidance they feel they have received. The following is a selection of them, interspersed with more images from some of my talks and other activities:
- “I love it when you come to our school, you always bring so much.”
- “You have real charisma and passion and it shines through in so many ways.”
- “Your advice was incredibly helpful.”
- “Of all the careers advice I have received over many years, yours has been the most effective.”
- “Thank you for everything you have done for the school; you have been fantastic and absolutely indispensable.”
- “You really are the gold standard for delivery of careers information.”
- “Staff and students sing your praises and are so grateful for the time and care you put into talking to each group and each individual.”
- “Love your enthusiasm. It’s infectious.”
- “You’ve been such a help and your advice has been brilliant.”
- “You have inspired me and motivated me.”
- “My daughter found her conversation with you very inspiring.”
- “Thank you for your wonderful talks today, they were inspirational.”
- “Many many thanks for visiting us and delivering a simply outstanding talk.”
- “You made such a difference to the mood, confidence and aspirations of the girls and it was lovely to see them so engaged and excited both that evening and since.”
- “The students hang on your every word.”
- “Bubbly and full of information.”
- “Thank you for all of your help throughout the UCAS process. I don’t think I would’ve been able to do it without your advising!”
- “Your talks were a huge hit with students and teachers.”
- “Your talk was inspirational and showed students, and parents, how to think outside the box.”
- “I’m feeling so much more confident about my personal statement now, you’ve really helped.”
- “I will never forget your kindness.”
- “As ever, it was fantastic to have you here as part of our Careers Week.”
- “Thank you Alan Bullock for the brilliant talk about options at 18.“
- “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping me with my personal statement – there’s no doubt that your advice helped me to get these amazing offers.”
- “I want to thank you for your guidance and support and for helping me find what path I wanted to follow. I can honestly say I have found my dream job at 18, and I wanted to show my gratitude to you!”
- “I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation yesterday and as a new Head of Sixth Form I found it very informative.”
- “Incredibly informative workshops”
- “I want to thank you for being such a great person. So many people could have turned me away at such a vulnerable time, but I asked you for advice and it got me here.”
- “You’re brilliant at what you do and I thoroughly enjoyed your session. You made learning such an enjoyable experience for us all.”
- “Young people really need you, not only because of the crucial information you share but because of your energy, authenticity and how you connect with your audience.”
- “You were a breath of fresh air.”
- “His passion and knowledge were immense and inspiring.”
- “Alan was a fantastic speaker and has inspired me, let alone the pupils.”
- “Thank you for the talk today, I found it very informative and extremely beneficial.”
- “As ever lots of positive feedback from parents and pupils.”
- “We went from feeling very anxious and fractious to feeling calm, informed and empowered under Alan’s excellent and tactful guidance.”
- “Your enthusiasm filled the students with confidence and those you saw one-to-one really appreciated your expertise and that you treat each student as an individual with equal dedication.”
- “Many thanks for another hugely informative, insightful and inspirational talk which has really got our Post-18 Options programme off with a bang.”
- “When students were asked if we should invite Alan to speak again next year, 100% said yes.”
- “Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am now.” (now a Doctor in Australia)
- “I came home feeling REALLY inspired.”
- “Just to let you know I got into Bristol to do economics, I am very happy and thankful for all your help!”
- “I wish more people had your passion and energy for making the world a better place and teaching young people to make good decisions.”
- “Many thanks for continuing to inspire and inform our students.”
- “Your help and support for students and staff is hugely valued and appreciated – you are making a real difference to their confidence and thinking.”
- “Our meetings have benefitted me greatly. I hope you continue helping many people figure out their future.”
- “I value your presence in my life.”
There are more of these on my Testimonials page:
I am a Registered Career Development Professional of the Career Development Institute (http://www.thecdi.net/) and a member of the Careers Writers Association (find us at http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/) and my aim is to provide high quality advice, guidance, presentations, consultancy or text on career and higher education choices and applications. I always seek to tailor my services to individual needs and to be as accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. To see the kind of work I have actually been doing, please go to my Presentations, Workshops, Events & Publications page:
Most of my past experience has involved working with young people aged from 9 to 19 as well as with teachers and fellow advisers. I especially enjoy advising students who are studying or aiming to study A Levels or equivalent qualifications, helping them to consider and apply for the wide range of options that are subsequently open. I also recently worked with some very engaging and engaged pupils in a primary school.
As a published author I wrote a popular booklet entitled Creating Your UCAS Personal Statement that was published by Trotman in 2008 and revised in 2011. At one stage it reached the top 2,000 books on Amazon. I also had more than 60 articles published on the Which? University website, which regrettably was closed down in January 2020. Several of my articles on the subject of UCAS personal statements reached a huge worldwide audience and a small sample of my work can still be found on the UCAS website. I have also written articles for Career Matters, the Career Development Institute’s quarterly journal, and for a book entitled Career Journeys for Young People published by the Careers Writers Association in 2019.
Prior to joining Havant Sixth Form College in 1992, I worked as a careers adviser in various schools and colleges in Hampshire and spent six amazing years as adviser and team leader with the Service Children’s Schools careers service in Germany, where I worked with schools and training schemes across a very wide area from the Dutch border to Berlin. This was after initially learning my trade in schools in Brixton and Streatham in South London and gaining the Diploma in Careers Guidance from Kent College for the Careers Service. Before that I enjoyed an eventful business career, when I worked in overseas banking, food retailing and marketing in London, Brighton and Shropshire. So I have lots of real world experience that I draw on too.
Details of my fees can be found under Services and Prices and if you have any questions or would like to discuss your individual requirements, please go to my Contact page and get in touch. Here are the links: