Janine Osmond is the director of LaunchFirst – a coaching company which trains young people to develop a plan for their future. She works with young people between the ages of 14 – 25 years old. The company has been established for two years now, previously Janine worked at Salisbury Hospital as the Head of Learning and Development. This is when she first became an Enterprise Advisor (EA) for the Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Advisor Network (SWEAN).

Janine is matched with Bishops Wordsworth’s Grammar School in Salisbury. 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).

When did you become an EA? And how did you find out about it?

I became an EA around 18 months ago, I started the role when I was still working at Salisbury Hospital but was able to carry on volunteering when I started up my own business – LaunchFirst. I felt the role would suit me because of my coaching experience working with young people.

Why did you want to become an EA?

As an employer, it is about helping young people to become work ready, to help them to see that the things they are learning are transferable to the working world. I think sometimes students can lose sight of this; for example, in Mathematics they are using systems and learning how to solve problems which they will be required to do at work.

What work have you carried out in your role as EA?

I have taken part in careers events and introduced my hospital contacts to the School so students can understand what careers are available besides being a doctor or nurse. I think I do a lot of work ‘joining the dot’s’ for example I work closely with the careers advisor at Bishop Wordsworth to support her in finding resources and providing advice. We have been working on the GATSBY benchmarks too.

What has been the most rewarding part so far and what advice would you give to young people entering the world of work?

The most rewarding part has been seeing young people grow and develop, following their dreams. When a young person realises what career they want to pursue you can see they become switched on and motivated. My advice would be; be open, ask questions and offer to help! Young people should remember they can offer another view point and see things working in a different way, don’t be afraid to speak up.

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