Breaking into… The Public & Not-for-Profit Sector Sam Hainsworth - Fast Stream, Department Michael Johnson - Economic Policy Officer, for Work & Pensions (DWP) Durham County Council Sam graduated from the University of Liverpool Michael read Economics and Politics at the with a degree in Biochemistry in 2002. After University of East Anglia (2003), having enjoyed travelling in Australia for a couple of months studying Economics at ‘A’ level and with a keen she joined DWP as a casual employee working desire to pursue a career in banking. Following on the Pension Credit Project in Leeds. She graduation, he decided to modify career direction joined the Project Management Graduate and developed a keen interest in developing the Scheme for DWP and after 6 months moved to economies of underperforming regions. This the North East with her work. Sam was change in approach was supplemented by an successfully recruited to the DWP Fast Stream MSc in Regeneration (2005). Michael spent the in October 2004. She has since worked on second quarter of 2005 working at Tees Valley performance improvement for Jobcentre Plus Regeneration, and has worked in County Durham and for the Pensions Commission producing since July. The County Durham Economic their high-profile second report. She is currently Partnership, one of four Sub-Regional working on pensions policy in Newcastle. Partnerships, is administered by the Economic Development team and his current main work Christopher Peacock - Student Ambassador, area focuses on developing a revised economic Newcastle University strategy for County Durham. Chris studied Politics at Newcastle University, Carolyn Power - Business Services Manager, eventually getting a 2:1. Whilst studying for his Tyneside Cyrenians degree he had limited work experience, only working when he went back home during Caroline is the Business Services Manager for holidays. However in his final year he worked Tyneside Cyrenians, a registered charity for the Careers Service in their Student supporting homeless and vulnerable people, Communications Team, which involved responsible for human resource management marketing Careers Service events and services and development, quality management and to students. Chris applied for his current job performance management. After graduating in because it gave the opportunity to remain in 1991 from University of Hertfordshire with a BSc Newcastle and also spend a year developing Hons Combined Studies in Psychology and his employability. He feels that he got the job Philosophy, she returned home working in a local because of his experience of working with pub for a number of years whilst looking for an students and his enthusiasm for Newcastle. entry level job as an Assistant Psychologist. In 1996 she gained her role as a Support Worker Katie Knowles - Information and with Tyneside Cyrenians and has since worked Communications Worker, VODA her way through the company, undertaking various postgraduate courses, including Katie graduated from Newcastle University in membership of the CIPD. 2004 with a 2.1 in English Language and Literature. She began to work at VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency) in September 2004 as an Information and All speakers will be available in the foyer after Communications Worker. The role is very the event to give further information, and to varied, but the main aim is to keep the local answer any questions you may have. voluntary and community sector up to date with relevant news, issues and events. In the near There will also be representatives for you to future Katie plans to become more involved in speak to from The Enterprise Centre, SCAN & development work and having more ‘hands-on’ Students into Schools contact with groups. She would like to help groups to set up, develop their governing documents and become established and successful organisations.
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