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Edd Williams

About Edd Williams

Author, governor, parent, educator.

Author of 'Is your school lying to you? Get the career you want. Get the life you deserve.' Edd Williams has been working in recruitment for over 14 years, dealing with industry, speaking to employers, looking at CVs, prepping people for interviews and helping people of all ages access the careers of their choice. Because of this he knows only too well how damaging work related stress and anxiety can be for people and its impact on their wider well-being. In addition to his work in recruitment, he is an academic and careers consultant working with students up and down the country to help them establish and access a career path supported by the right academic choices via his work with his consultancy Duart Consultants. He is a school governor, parent and irritatingly regular blogger on education matters (https://edducan.com/) zealously believing in the transformative power of education (whether that's vocational or academic) and giving students the chance to realise their ambitions. Over the last few years it has become ever clearer that the quality of careers and academic advice given in schools is simply not fit for purpose. He believes that robust career planning, giving pupils a sense of surety about their futures, having 'a plan' may be key to attacking at least some of the spiralling mental health issues that students face, ranging from anxiety and panic attacks to depression. It was because of this he sought to address some of those questions and doubts, and give students back control with his book. His guide aims to help students and crucially the parents of students understand what they should and can be doing to improve their chances of success. By outlining the decision making processes, how to secure work experience, interview tips, personal statement and CV writing and everything in between the book removes the uncertainty about what to do and when and given all the uncertainties they already face making sure they have a plan shouldn't be one of them.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sports hall (GCSEs are here again, along with depression, stress and anxiety).

13Jun

Doesn’t time fly? I can hardly believe that once more a querulous cohort of GCSE students are being ushered begrudgingly into sports halls up and down the country with the weight and expectations of their parents resting heavy upon their … Continue reading

  

Live Twitter Q&A Tuesday 30th 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm

24Jan

For those of you have been reading and (hopefully) enjoying my recent blog posts regarding how best you as parents can help your children navigate the choppy waters of education and careers related learning, and, by so doing mitigate the … Continue reading

  

New Year, new you? You’re better off eating cake than pretending you don’t for a fortnight.

3Jan

New year, new you? It’s one of the biggest myths perpetrated by, well, just about everyone and everything. The simple function of chronology doesn’t allow one to entirely reinvent oneself because the hand of a clock sweeps past an arbitrary … Continue reading

  

3 simple steps to help define and secure your child’s future (and take a load off too…)

9Nov

In my previous blog post I spoke about how the gravity of the choices facing our students could be, amongst other factors, having a demonstrably negative impact on their wellbeing and mental health. This is an idea that has certainly … Continue reading

  

Is poor mental health in our young the inevitable consequence of uncertainty?

25Oct

Given the renewed focus in the UK to address years of stigmatising, ignoring or explaining away it is refreshing to see mental health is being acknowledged as an issue worthy of time, money and initiatives. For too long the rote … Continue reading