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Natasha Martin — Early Careers & Talent Advisor

Name: Natasha Martin
Job title: Early Careers & Talent Advisor
Employer: The Compleat Food Group
Qualification: BA Hons in Theatre Arts Acting
Salary Range: Competitive

What does an Early Careers & Talent Advisor do?

Within my job role, it is my responsibility to provide support and guidance to both my company and its colleagues with all elements of its early career programmes. Early careers can include apprenticeships, graduate programmes, work experience, internships, and placements within the business. A large part of my role is to provide everyday support to our colleagues undergoing early career programmes but to also support the relationships with the training providers we work with. I also work with the business to ensure that our internal programmes provide an outstanding experience, are relevant and give our colleagues the best skills to help develop them through their careers.

How did you end up in this job?

I previously worked in L&D/Training but had a great passion for early careers which I supported alongside my day-to-day role. When the company I worked for closed, I jumped at the chance to work in early careers full time, and I was lucky enough that one of the recruiters at an internally run jobs fair had the perfect position for me!

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best part about my role is seeing the people I support excel within their roles and careers. Whether it is completing an apprenticeship or overcoming a tough challenge within their placement with us, I love seeing the positive output that early career programmes provide.

If you had the chance to do it all over again, what would you do the same / differently?

Although my qualification is not related to my role, it did teach me some valuable lessons and skills that I have taken and used within my career. I found my passion for early careers in my mid 20’s and I definitely wish I had been more aware of this career path when I was younger.

If you could give your 16 year old self some career advice, what would it be?

There are two pieces of advice that I was told when I was in my mid-late 20’s. Take every opportunity you are offered. It is a great way of getting you out of your comfort zone and allowing you to learn new skills. The second was to always be yourself! I would definitely pass these onto 16-year-old me!