Careers adviser hoping to inspire Barking and Dagenham’s youngsters

Ros Alexander, careers adviser. is holding an inagural careers event later this month.

Ros Alexander, careers adviser. is holding an inagural careers event later this month. - Credit: Archant

A mum-of-three is hoping to inspire youngsters on their career pathways through an upcoming new enterprise.

Former careers adviser Ros Alexander, 54, launched Barking-based UKON Careers in September 2013, and will host her company’s first event later this month.

Boasting a motivational speaker, a poet and representatives from the likes of Barking and Dagenham College and the Met, the day will take place at Barking’s Ripple Centre, in Ripple Road, on January 26 between 3.15pm and 6.30pm.

Designed to encourage young people about to embark on their next life steps while inspiring those already enrolled on college courses, the session is aimed at people aged 14 to 25, although parents are also encouraged to attend.

“Young people in this borough have to face quite a lot of barriers,” she said.

“Accessing the right qualifications can be a big problem, along with a lack of understanding of entry requirements and what’s needed to reach their goals.

“A lack of aspirations from parents can also make things harder.

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“Parents are often key role models and help push young people, but without their motivation it can be really hard to reach your goals.”

Although still preparing for her inaugural careers event, Ros hopes to make it an annual showcase with bigger and better plans already being pencilled in for 2016.

Born in St Lucia but now based in Ilford, Ros has spent the past 27 years working as a careers adviser across the capital and always wanted to launch a company of her own.

“I’ve always wanted to work for myself and do something I believe in,” she told the Post.

“That’s why I’ve taken the careers advice side and added the motivational aspect – it’s something extra that I feel is really important.

“By encouraging youngsters in their own careers, hopefully we can help stimulate local enterprise together.”

Spaces for the day are limited.

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