Debbie Keeley is Head of HR at Bath ASU based in Corsham, she has worked at the company for 16 years. Bath ASU produces over 3,000 aseptically compounded injectable pharmaceutical products each day for hospitals and patients across the UK who are fighting cancer, living with chronic disease or in need of pain relief. Through their scientific and technology capabilities, the team continuously develops new and innovative methods to improve our products and services.

Debbie has been supporting the Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Advisor Network (SWEAN) as an Enterprise Advisor (EA) since the inception of the project three years ago and is matched with Corsham School. The SWEAN is a project funded by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Careers and Enterprise Company. And supported by three full-time Enterprise Co-ordinators (ECs).

We asked Debbie why she wanted to become an EA?

From a personal view point it is about giving the next generation a set of skills; social skills, key skills, CV skills – how to sell yourself to employers, I can give that view point given my HR role and experience. From a company view point we like to give back to our local community so being paired with our local School in Corsham was important to us, a lot of the Corsham and surrounding community is employed here.

What work have you carried out in your role as EA and what’s the most rewarding part so far?

I have been involved in mock interviews and careers fairs at the school. We have also taken part in the STEM day that the school run, off the back of this we have invited parents and students to have a look around our facilities so they can understand what we do and encourage students who are interested in STEM to find out more. We also like to offer work experience where possible within different departments. Lastly, I work with the school’s careers advisor supporting her in any way I can.

The most rewarding part for me is when we reach a student, for example at careers fairs a student comes back without their group of friends for more information and now they understand what we do which may influence their career path.

Lastly, what advice would you give to a young person entering the world of work?

Get out there and take up all of the opportunities available to you, do something which makes you stand out for example work experience, volunteering in a work place, or for your community. You need to ensure your CV stands out amongst others. Also study hard and be an individual when it comes to thinking about your future.

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