Tell us a little bit about your role at ….?
As Head of Partnerships, I have oversight of the relationships in hundo’s wonderful partner network. This includes schools and educators, local authorities, companies, charities - and other friends and fans of our work. I work closely with our partners to design and implement projects which help inspire young people for their future of work. I also lead production for CareerCon, the immersive on-demand careers expo.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
I’m not sure a ‘typical’ working day exists at hundo, which is one of the benefits of working for a smaller company. Generally, my day involves a lot of planning and collaboration with the team, lots of communication with partners, and working on whichever projects are active at the time.
What are the most important skills and qualities for success in your job?
Agility, communication, and strategic thinking. As a small and fast-moving company, we need to be able to adapt to changing circumstances quickly and effectively. Good communication is essential for ensuring the team are all on the same page about their responsibilities and the end goal. I also need to be able to communicate our value proposition and partnership opportunities clearly and effectively and to think creatively about how we can leverage our strengths to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
What was your highlight when producing CareerCon?
Live interview in hundo’s immersive gallery with Kadine James and our in-house creators.
Do you have any tips for maintaining a good work-life balance?
Work out how you work best - what structure suits you, what helps you feel productive? If you’re struggling, when is it time to down tools, have a break, and come back refreshed for another go? Approaching the working day with a good understanding of your working rhythm, capacity and limitations helps to reduce stress, and empowers you to plan and set the boundaries and deadlines of a project from the outset.
Also, your colleagues are there to support you. Ask for help when you need it.
Is there anything exciting or innovative happening in your industry right now, and how do you see it shaping the future?
Virtual work experience - it can bring amazing opportunities to young people regardless of where they live.
If you could give your younger self one bit of career advice what would it be?
You don’t need to know what you want to do with your life. If a role or industry seems interesting to you, try it out, and then try something else. No experience is a waste of time, and the skills you accrue in the first few years of your career will always be valuable.
If you could work remotely from any location in the world right now, where would you choose?
Madrid. I love it there.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
What’s something you couldn’t live without at work?
My laptop. My contact lenses? My colleagues, of course.
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