Sam Hainsworth – Fast Stream_ Department for Work _ Pensions _DWP_ by dfhrf555fcg


									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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