World of Work Post Covid Careers Conference 

Please see below the videos or presentations from the World of Work Post Covid Careers Conference.

Seminar  5G, The Skills Base Implications by Adrian Braine, Founder Root21 

5G, the next generation mobile technology, will change our world like never before. It will touch every aspect of our lives, delivering connectivity, anytime, anywhere to anyone or anything, creating an explosion of new applications. This seminar will provide an introduction to 5G technology, it’s economic impact and applications. It will explore the implications for the future skills base and how to create a start-up ecosystem that can exploit its rich capabilities.  
Root21 has been developing such an ecosystem in Basingstoke and will look at how it’s being used engage young people at an early stage and to foster an interest in high tech business. It will review how its work as an Enterprise Advisor, with Enterprise M3 LEP, is used to promote high tech start-ups as a career path, not just for the technically minded, but crucially the non-technical roles high tech businesses need.


Seminar  Entrepreneurial Skills by Sean McGovern, Entrepreneurship Delivery Manager at NatWest

NatWest champion entrepreneurs and empower students to find their potential through activating key entrepreneurial skills in preparation for the future world of work.

During this webinar we will cover the programmes available to learners through NatWest to help develop these crucial skills of the future.

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Business Builder

Seminar  Delivering Nature Based Solutions: The Future of Land Based Careers, by Aimee Clarke/Sarah Jane Chimbwandira, Director of Engagement/CEO

This seminar will provide an overview of the exciting and wide ranging career opportunities which will be available as part of a nature based, green recovery.

Whether you are interested in an office based environment, being out and about in rural and urban environments or want to be at the leading edge of technology use in land management there will be opportunities to find out more.  We will talk about how to develop the skills needed and provide practical advice on the steps to take.


Seminar  Careers in Health Care and impact of Brexit, Claire Wardle, Programme Manager, South East Nursing Team, Health Education England and Jude Davison Associate Director of Apprenticeships and Julia West Professional Development Facilitator,  Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Overview  An overview of jobs Health Care Sector.

Seminar  Fully Digital Recruitment Processes by Kallie Hudson, Future Careers Recruitment Specialist, Virgin Media. 

Join Virgin Media to hear from one of their Future Careers Recruitment Specialists about their virtual recruitment process.

During the session you will get a chance to hear what Virgin Media are doing to support candidates and best help support those thinking about applying.

You will get an overview on the full virtual apprentice recruitment process from application to on-boarding. 


Seminar  Neurodiversity and Entrepreneurship by Becky LodgeFounding Director Little Kanga Ltd 

In this seminar Becky Lodge (BA Hons CIM) will share her insights into the changing world of work, including the rise of technology; social media influencers and microbusiness ownership in a post pandemic world. She will discuss the strengths of neurodiverse pupils in schools and how their talents can be developed through creative entrepreneurship activities leading to better engagement with disaffected pupils in school.

Becky will draw on her own experience involving running collaborative business projects with the University of Portsmouth Business School, Sky News and helping to mentor tech start-ups globally. Plus she will give insights to the building of her own subscription led online business and digital entrepreneurship education brand ‘StartUp Disruptors’ supported by companies such as Uber, Funding Circle and Tech London Advocates.



With regard to disaffected and SEND students, they may like our online entrepreneurial resources/advice/videos across social media platforms that are listed below.

These are social media and online resources that could be useful for students – they are all free to access and we provide them as part of StartUp Disruptors community offerings.

Where to find us online.

  • Website is here
  • Facebook page is here – please follow it
  • Facebook group is here – Please join this group it is free to join and contains themed subject days; resources and start-up advice free of charge  
  • Follow us on Twitter here
  • Follow us on Instagram here
  • Find us on LinkedIn here
  • YouTube instructional and ‘How To’ entrepreneurship videos here there are lots of start-up stories and help from ‘real life’ people who have started businesses from home
  • Becky Lodge LinkedIn profile here please connect and ask me for any help and guidance needed

Seminar  Thriving in a Digital Retail World by Joseph MunnsManaging Director, Bakedin

There has been a shift towards online retail underway for some time, but the events of the last year have seen this accelerate dramatically.

Joseph will speak about his experiences taking a home baking brand from a kitchen table project to the shelves of some of the country’s largest retailers, at the same time building a multimillion pound direct to consumer channel.

He’ll cover the journey from being entirely dependent on traditional retailers to becoming one himself and the skills he see’s invaluable to succeeding in a digital retail world. 


Seminar  Emotional Impact of Covid by Marnie Claire CastleCounsellor for Primary Mental Health Services

As a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, I have gained extensive knowledge and understanding of how to treat, manage and provisionally diagnose common mental health disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress and Depression. Additionally, I hold dual modality qualification in Person centred counselling.  

Within this seminar we will be focusing on identifying common signs and symptoms to look out for in young people’s mental health such as, depression and anxiety disorders and how COVID – 19 has had a significant impact on their mental health in returning back to school, college and university. We will look at how to best support young people during this challenging time by identifying local organisations that can offer the appropriate support and intervention.  

No Limits is a member of the Hampshire Youth Access that specialise in supporting young people. By offering free and confidential advice, counselling, advocacy and support to children and young people under the age of 26 in Southampton and Hampshire. Young people can come to No Limits for free support on a wide range of issues including housing, homelessness, debt, employment, relationships, sexual health, mental health and substance misuse. Support is offered at the No Limits Advice Centre in Central Southampton and through outreach work delivered in schools and colleges across Hampshire. 


Seminar  The Changing Face of Public Sector Jobs by Michael Coughlin, Deputy Chief Executive at Surrey County Council.

Over the past year the value, satisfaction, and enjoyment of a career in the public sector (that employs 5.42million people in the UK across more than 300 different professions) has been given a profile like never before, as part of the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  
The breadth of opportunities available and the contribution they enable people to make, while benefitting from rewarding work, can often be overlooked or underplayed. 
This seminar will look to the near and medium future, exploring how the sector is adapting to meet the challenges and opportunities resulting from the pandemic, emerging digital technologies and society’s changing expectations of public services.  
It will explore what this is likely to mean for jobs, careers and the values, skill and attitudes needed in the future workforce, as well as proposing that it has never been a better time to consider a career in the public sector.



Statistics about careers from conference delegates including Career Practitioners, Career Leads across Hampshire and Surrey. This was collated from a poll which the attendees at the World of Work Post Covid were asked to complete. 

  • 78% of conference delegates believe Covid has changed the types of job roles young people are looking at.
  • 82% of conference delegates believe Covid has had a negative effect on how young people view their careers prospects.
  • 56% of conference delegates said that young people don’t feel positive about their career prospects.
  • Conference delegates rated Health Care and IT/Technology Rated the most popular careers amongst young people.
  • 76% of conference delegates believe that since Covid young people have a greater desire for work/life balance.
  • 67% of conference delegates believe young people are less likely to want to work in an office following Covid.
  • Only 49% of conference delegates think young people have the opportunity to develop the soft skills need for the work of work.

The Careers Conference was run by EBP South and is sponsored by Solent Careers Hub and Enterprise M3 LEP.