Do Something Different for your Business

10th April, 2019

If you want something in your life to change, you need to #DoSomethingDifferent”

Every member of staff you employ is unique – and so are the circumstances that led to them to work in your company.

Not all career paths are straightforward; some of your staff may have started their working life in the same sector they are in now, working their way up to the current position in the classic way. However, that isn’t the case for many people.

It’s not uncommon for individuals to change jobs later in life, or face circumstances which mean that they can no longer follow their original career plan.

We know that making a big change can be scary – for both individuals and businesses as a whole.

But changes – whether big or small, are necessary for growth and improvement. Whether it’s hiring someone who is actively making a change in their career path, or changing the way you hire people.

Maybe that means hiring an apprentice, running a larger recruitment campaign or upskilling your existing workforce through training.

Futures believes in leading by example, so we will be sharing stories from our staff members who have been through career changes or dealt with situations which have affected their career paths in some way.

Sandra Cowley – Interim CEO, The Futures Group

“ I left school with one O Level, a few CSE's and I was NEET (Not in employment, education or training) at 17.

“I had to find work to earn money to help my parents run our house, so I got a job doing admin in a factory. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long as I was made redundant. At that point, I had no confidence in my abilities, but someone eventually saw potential in me and gave me a role as a sales assistant in a warehouse and distribution centre - where I stayed until I was 27.

“After maternity leave with my first child, I became a Sales Coordinator for a textiles company where I held awareness dates for those doing textile GCSEs. It was from there I began to consider going back into education. I became a Careers Guidance Worker helping adults. From there, I did a teaching qualification in my late 30s, a degree in Business and Management in my early 40s, and a Postgrad qualification in my late 40s.

“I began working at Futures as Commercial Director in 2017, and I’m currently interim CEO.”


“Affinity with 16-18 year old education does not define life, what defines life is ambition, drive and self-belief.” - Sandra Cowley

Jane Blagg - Senior Business Engagement Manager, Futures for Business

“ My working life started 23 years ago as a barmaid/waitress in my local pub. This was initially part time to fit around 6th form and A-levels, and led to a full time position once I’d finished my studies.

“I’d always had a passion for customer service and am very much a people person – that’s the thread which has remained with me to today, in all aspects of my career.

“I’ve now been in the recruitment industry 20 years, engaging with candidates and employers in securing job roles. This has now led to my current position as Senior Business Engagement Manager at Futures for Business – a fresh challenge and a new venture but still aligned with building relationships and seeing individuals develop within an organisation.”

Follow Futures For Business
  • Futures for Business 2 days, 2 hours ago
    @Futures_for_Biz
    Futures for Business on Twitter Not all #career paths are straightforward. Futures Interim CEO, Sandra Cowley shares her career journey here… https://t.co/LCIDUlaaO8
  • Futures for Business 3 days ago
    @Futures_for_Biz
    Futures for Business on Twitter Whether you’re about to finish your studies, looking for your first job or wanting to move up the career ladder, wi… https://t.co/HiVR3zCZTw
  • More articles

    Apprenticeship Training Costs Halved
    Futures for Business training programme sees 87% of participants offered jobs
    Futures for Business training programme sees 87% of participants offered jobs

    In November last year leading careers advice, training and employment service, Futures for Business was awarded a contract from government to deliver adult training schemes across the East Midlands.

    Read More