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Laura Bellis –Career Support for Young People




Recognising that for many young people career choice can be a baffling and confusing process Windmills identified a need to develop tools and techniques that would help young people to make more informed choices about their career.

This need having now been heightened by a reduction of career management support on a national basis and much ad-hoc provision now being in place, Windmills developed a framework for support based on the idea of  STAR.



Developed using a focus group of young people such as Laura, STAR helps 14 to 19 year olds to think about their work and life and how to move forward. It encourages them to recognise that everyone is a star in their own right because we all have our own unique set of Skills, Treasures, Ambitions and Roles.

Consisting of a set of unique and innovative resources that include interactive games and a DVD. The resources are complemented by high energy workshops that allow young people to think about and discuss their feelings, concerns and ambitions for the future. The workshops are delivered by teachers, parents, governors, employers who share a common interest in raising the aspiration of young people and have engaged in a Windmills capacity building programme as part of our licensed solutions

Laura attended one of these sessions in her school and commented…..

“Following various Windmills STAR discussions I was able to focus on what I would really love to do as a career, which is to work with animals.  Due to a long period of illness I had struggled academically but by using some of the Windmills techniques I was able to talk with teachers and parents about my passions and set out realistic goals to enable me to achieve my dream of working within the veterinary field.”




Following on from the session Laura told us,

“I found a college really close to home where I can take qualifications in yearly stages that will allow me to become a veterinary nurse without having A ‘levels and I am also looking for voluntary or paid work working with animals to gain some hands on experience.

My Windmills STAR based discussions have also helped me to talk to my family that working with animals is a viable career path as they were quite dismissive of it in the past.

I now have something to look forward to that excites me and a definite course of action that has really given me something to hold on to in what has been a really difficult time for me.”