Topics on which I’ve delivered presentations or workshops to students, teachers, parents or professional colleagues include:
- “Options at 18 in a changing world”
- “Your future career in a changing world”
- “Apprenticeships in a changing world”
- “Things ain’t what they used to be”
- “Why go to university? Is it worth it?”
- “A new 18+ menu”
- “Practical approaches to inspiring confused students”
- “Practical approaches to inspiring students in a changing careers landscape”
- “Signposting success and supporting university applications”
- “Applying to uni: things to think about”
- “Creating effective UCAS personal statements”
- “The personal statement: making it count”
- “UCAS personal statements for competitive courses”
- “Making a competitive university application: what you really need”
- “Skills for success in a changing world”
- “A-level choice and careers in a changing landscape”
- “Higher education abroad”
- “Alternatives to higher education”
- “Alternative options: what else is out there?”
- “Where will you be in 2023?” (for Year 9)
- “Spot the fake degree” (for year 9)
- “The world’s your oyster”
- “Things you need to know”
- “All about everything”
- “Not going to uni – making the right choices”
- “Before you commit”
- “My future needs me” (for Year 5/6 Primary)
- “UCAS reference writing: best practice”
- “UCAS personal statements in 1 slide”
- “What on earth’s going on?”
- “Options at 18 in a post-Brexit world”
- “Resilience: the musical”
- “Your country needs you!”
It’s probably fair to say that I’m approaching the twilight stages of my career now and, especially in the current climate with COVID-19 posing so many challenges and more activities being delivered remotely, I’m re-thinking what I can offer and investigating alternative ways of working.
In particular my main focus at present, alongside some blogging, is a new project called “Destinations” which I’m working on with a local design and development studio. I hope to reveal more details about this soon.
In the past I also conceived and co-ordinated the “Confused Clinic”, which ran for twelve consecutive years at the annual Hampshire & Isle of Wight UCAS Convention in conjunction with University of Portsmouth, from 2005 to 2016, successfully advising 1,836 students.
As a member of the Careers Writers Association (CWA) I had over 60 articles published on the Get Advice pages of the highly-popular Which? University website (which regrettably closed down at the start of 2020) and one on the CWA’s own website (http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk) and in their book “Career Journeys for Young People” published in 2019.
I was also the author of “Creating Your UCAS Personal Statement” (second edition published in September 2011 by Trotman) which, at the peak of its popularity, made it into the top 2,000 books on Amazon. More recently I have contributed to articles in The Guardian.
My article on “18+ Options: The New Landscape” headlined the April 2014 edition of “Career Matters”, the CDI’s quarterly journal. Another article, “Tickets to the Future”, was published in the October 2016 edition.