John Hayhurst

gateway_issu_linkJohn Hayhurst, Conference Assistant, The Gateway Conference Centre

Currently on a 6 month work placement

After having achieved exceptional qualifications John progressed onto higher education. For many young individuals their career aspirations become clearer whilst studying their degree course. For others their career goals are founded once they’ve joined the workforce. John was successful in his studies however his career path remained unclear.

Determined to find where his career aspirations lie he withdrew from his studies. He got an opportunity to begin a work placement as a ‘Conference Assistant’ under the Future Job Fund’s scheme. John explains his work placement not only widened his perspective on his career but also gave him the opportunity to establish several contacts from different industries. He explains his position consists of mainly liaising with clients in organizing events as well as other administrative duties.

Most students face the common barrier when finding employment due to having limited relevant experience. The Future Jobs Fund helps all individuals from different backgrounds by offering work placements, a stepping stone towards their career goals. John achieved his primary ambition in realising his career aspirations through a better understanding of the work environment.

Striding Out believes in helping all individuals reach their potential and stride out to success. We provide each individual under the FJF programme coaching sessions as well as the option to study for a recognised ILM qualification. During his work placement John was given coaching sessions with one of our specialised coaches. These coaching sessions are designed to guide the individual to their next step towards both their career and life goals. Through these coaching sessions and his insight into the work environment John was given the support and knowledge he needed and decided to return to university to complete his studies.  

For more information on the Future Jobs Fund, career coaching or work placements contact Striding Out on 0845 452 4085 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it