Tuesday 8th August is exam results day!
Many of us will remember our own experiences surrounding results day – including the pressure of receiving certain grades and the feeling that results would determine our future success and attainment. The #NoWrongPath campaign challenges this mindset and encourages us to recognise that every twist, detour, and unexpected turn in our journey can lead to valuable experiences and personal growth.
If there’s someone you know receiving exam results, reassure them there are lots of options available, even if the results are quite what they expected.
Here are some really useful resources:
At Kingdom we’ve got lots of colleagues who have taken interesting journeys in their careers. Mike Hargreaves started as a joiner and is now Kingdom’s Repair Services Team Leader.
When we asked him about his career, this is what Mike said, “I have been with Kingdom Housing for just over 16 years now, where I started as a joiner. Six years ago the opportunity came along to temporarily come off the tools and look after the stores. I was hesitant in doing this at first as I had no ambition to be in the office at all. I did this for around six months and really enjoyed it and I made it my own.
The position was made permanent and this developed to be a part of the maintenance team. This opened another door for me being part Maintenance Officer and part Stores Person. This is when I did a HNC in construction Management, once I completed this course, I went straight into a HND in Construction Management and I was appointed as The Repairs Team Leader.
Kirsty Stott is a Senior Technical Services Officer at Kingdom and has beenwith us since 2017. Kirsty is completing a Graduate Apprenticeship which means she’s able to combine a full time job with a degree course at Heriot-Watt University. Kirsty explains why Kingdom was an employer of choice for her and why she decided to undertake a Graduate Apprenticeship.
“I had left school not knowing what I was wanting to do as a career or job. I went to college to do civil engineering as it was a course that interested me and linked to a class I did at school. While undertaking the course I realised that I liked learning about buildings, the make up of how to build a house and what services are required to make it habitable.
I had a few friends already working in Kingdom and when the Technical Services Traineeship came up, I knew it would be a great place to work with lots of opportunities to learn.
Andrew Latto is Kingdom’s HR Director. Andrew left school and started a Youth Training Scheme..
Andrew knows that for lots of people, their career path isn’t a straight line.
“I left school after 6th year having not achieved the grades I needed to go to university. I was unemployed for the first 9 months after that before I successfully applied for a trainee position in the Personnel Department at Fife Council. I developed a career in Human Resources in the Council, Royal Bank of Scotland and Kingdom Housing Association where I’m now HR Director.”