I’ve been attached to Talentino! on a placement. I’m not just out of college, nor am I looking to get my first foot on the jobs ladder. I’m currently a stay at home mum, with 15 years of work behind me as a television producer. A group called Digital Mums, based in East London, placed me with Talentino! as they thought we’d make a good match. And they were right!
I’m working as a social media manager – which hopefully means you’ve been seeing a flurry of activity on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Digital Mums spotted that more and more organisations need someone to manage their social media accounts and engage with their audiences. And what type of person has a few hours of spare time throughout the day – enough to go online, create posts, monitor activity and respond on social media? Well, a stay at home mum!
My working week is cobbled together from my toddler’s naptimes, dawn stints, late night bursts and hours grabbed at the weekend. I find myself tweeting in soft play sessions, with one eye on my toddler teetering on the plastic slide. At home, she is ever intent on bashing the keyboard if the laptop’s open. We usually have a number of races to the computer every day as I try to avoid any unwanted %&^!!*** posts going out. ‘To Do’ lists for blogs, graphics and content are interspersed with ‘Buy butter, greens and chocolate’ on the weekly shopping list.
And all this while remotely trying to keep up with what Talentino! is doing, which is no mean feat. In the last few months they’ve held a career pod for MPs at Westminster, attended a branding session with Burberry, won investment from the Big Issue and will soon be going to a training workshop with John Frieda. This ‘story’ of careers provision isn’t what I expected. I’ve been pretty taken aback at how much the tribe at Talentino! wants to get careers right for young people. Their day job is, of course, training career coaches in mainstream schools, special needs schools and housing associations around the country, delivering career development to thousands of young people.
But what’s also struck me is that Talentino! is part of a groundswell of activity - both offline and online – working towards improving careers education. The passion sparked in the weekly Twitter conversation #UKCareersChat reflects how many individuals and organisations are coming together to share best practice. These social connections are also seeing big business forging links with groups representing young people. Mainstream news is even sitting up and taking an interest. Before I joined Talentino! I hadn’t really considered how vital it is to get careers right and now, as a social media manager, it feels like a great time to be joining in the conversation.