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Careers have been at the focus of what we’ve been working on for this issue of Connect with a variety of people across a range of sectors sharing a behind the scenes look at what they do. 

The man with the ‘top job’ in Guernsey is so very busy that when we had the chance to spend time with the Bailiff we had to say yes. 

Sir Richard McMahon apologised for his messy office and explained what each pile of boxes was. He also pointed out family mementoes and gifts which adorn the walls of his office. His day job may seem unusual or inaccessible to many, but his office is like that of many others – a mix of the personal and the professional. A place to concentrate and a place of solace. 

Solace is sought by many in the outdoors with Steve Sarre finding this, and his purpose, on the often-isolated Lihou island. 

From apprentice mechanic to professional photographer, he changed career path again and brought all of his skills together when he took on the wardenship of Lihou island. 

Spending a day with him, as he chaperoned a group of Forest School pupils around the island was about as far removed from the Bailiff’s Chambers as one could get. As he bid us farewell it was hard not to be envious of his time alone on Lihou. 

Between those two ends of the professional spectrum there are immeasurable opportunities within sectors across the islands, with employers now looking for diverse workforces to enhance their outcomes. 

JT, Skipton, Sheppards, Islands Insurance and Guernsey Electricity all lifted the curtain on their industries to tell us about what they really do. 

I have always been a firm believer in work experience, seeing my own early experiences as hugely formative. I think that work experience still has a place in setting the foundations of successful careers. 

The Guernsey Employment Trust has the same ethos which is why it works with so many businesses in the island to offer placements and often ongoing contracts to people with disabilities. 

Read Rosa’s story to find out how finding a fulfilling role can really enhance a life. 

We can’t forget the creative sector when talking careers either, which is why I was so pleased to speak to singer/songwriter Lauren Lee, and to find out more about photographer Caitlin Chescoe’s new tome. 

I think we’ve covered most sectors in talking careers, but do get in touch if you have a story or message you think we should be sharing. 

In the meantime, enjoy Connect.

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