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“I’m still as passionate now as I was before”

Welcome to Staff Spotlight, a series of stories from staff who have recently changed roles or been promoted at St Christopher’s. Sean was recently promoted to team leader at a semi-independent home on the Isle of Man – read about his experience here.

What attracted you to your new role?

I had been thinking about career progression for a while and had taken on some added responsibility within my previous role to support the manager and team leader at the time, so when the opportunity arose I jumped at it. It felt like the right time and I really enjoyed the extra challenges of added responsibility. Looking back after three months in the role, it was definitely the right decision.

What have been the main differences in this role to your previous one?

In terms of our child-centred approach and working within a team to achieve the best possible outcomes for our young people, nothing has changed. I’m still as passionate now as I was before and I try to lead by example.

The main differences are that I am now responsible for my team and the working environment. I enjoy developing and supporting them in any way I can and watching them grow; their successes are the team’s successes. I receive many more email requests, and I do supervisions and payroll. I am responsible for the rota and staffing off the home so the main difference is more work to do!

Have you experienced any challenges in your new role?

COVID-19 has posed some issues around staffing and problems for our young people. We have also lost some experienced team members over the past year which has been a challenge, but I was involved in the recruitment of new staff and they have slotted in really well. I have been really well supported by my manager though. I am a problem-solver so quite enjoy challenges – I know there will be many challenges ahead as it’s only been three months so I will cross those bridges when they come.

What things have helped you to settle in?

I think that I had already worked with a number of my team for some time and I have a nice blend of experience and youth, which has helped me settle in. The people I’m surrounded by at work have all been so great and supportive to me.

What would you say to other St Christopher’s staff who are thinking about going for a promotion or job opportunity with another team?

I would say go for it! There are lots of opportunities at St Christopher’s for career development or sideways movements if you fancy a different challenge. It’s the best thing I’ve done.​

Are you interested a career where you can make a genuine difference to young people’s lives? Find out about careers at St Christopher’s today.