Molly Askham, STEM Outreach Programme Manager  - Form the Future CIC
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Molly Askham, STEM Outreach Programme Manager 

Meet Molly – our STEM Outreach Programme Manager. Molly joined Form the Future in 2018 – and quickly became an integral part of the team. Fun fact: Molly used to work in a role where everyday was Christmas day! Read on to find out more.  

Could you explain your current job role? 

My role is to manage the delivery of career related events across multiple programmes. I manage the events team to make sure that all of our interactions with young people are informative, engaging and inspire them to fulfil their full potential! 

What does a typical day look like for you? 

My day-to-day tasks include managing the events team, delivering career events with students aged 4-18, creating new events, communicating and meeting with corporate partners and schools, planning and implementing changes to programmes, and making sure the team is on track with programme goals and targets.  

Could you tell me about your career path so far – how did you get to where you are? 

After completing my A-Levels, I was unsure about the career that I wanted to pursue. I have always enjoyed being creative and working with others as part of a team and this led me to train as an interior designer.  

 After a couple of years assisting with clients, I wanted to push myself to develop skills in leadership and work towards managing projects. Moving to a role in procurement for a large retail chain, allowed me to do this. I worked with a large team across three sites and managed the procurement and sales process for seasonal products – Christmas everyday 

 At school, I always struggled to know what I wanted to do as a career and understand the different pathways that were available to me, and so when I saw the chance to work at Form the Future I jumped at the opportunity to help young people in the same position.  

 What motivated you to want to work for Form the Future, and what do you enjoy about working here? 

Having received little advice while I was in education, I struggled to know what I wanted to do after I left. I know how hard it can be when faced with the variety of options for careers and I want to help young people feel better equipped for the transition to the world of work.  

 I love my job because it is great to see the enthusiasm and passion that young people have for their futures and the excitement they feel when taking part in our events, discovering how their skillset is valued by others and knowing there are so many opportunities for them in our local workforce.  

What are some of the challenging aspects of your job role?  

My main challenge is managing multiple programmes, which requires good organisation and prioritisation of tasks. You need to be able to work on lots of things at once! 

When you were younger, what did you want to be? How has this changed as you’ve progressed in your career? 

When I was younger I wanted to be a shopkeeper. I used to wrap things from the house in kitchen roll and sell them back to my parents! As I got older I realised that I enjoy working as part of a team and communicating to a variety of different people to share my ideas. 

 

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