My name is Hannah – I’m a Skills and Development Adviser for Inspira in the South Lakes. Before this job, I was an independent Careers Adviser helping students with careers advice & guidance, work experience and choosing future options.

My role at Inspira is varied and I can be doing something different everyday, which I love. My main role is to support young people in schools with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to explore their work and training beyond school. Inspira Advisers offer impartial careers information, advice and guidance to all our clients which is really important when young people have lots of choices and decisions to make. My job is to help them make sense of all the information and find the best route for each individual. Most people will not do one job for their whole career, it’s about being ready for the opportunities that come along and identifying skills and qualities that you can build on to progress throughout life.

I am lucky to meet lots of people in my job, not just in schools. I also work with local charities and agencies to support young people who are not in education, employment or training. Inspira Advisers also deliver presentations and assemblies about apprenticeships. There are so many exciting opportunities in our area and I’m keen to promote the South Lakes as a great place to live and work.

My inspirational story

I love attending careers events and open days where there is a real buzz about future plans and ideas. In the past I have organised careers fairs and events for hundreds of students with multiple employers, universities and colleges. The thing I have found most rewarding recently however, was organising an event with just two employers and eight students! The event was at a specialist school for students with special educational needs and disabilities. The interaction between employers and students was really great to see and a valuable experience for their careers learning- sometimes less is more!

Words to live by

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”