What we do

We empower young people, regardless of their circumstances, to create fulfilling and sustainable working lives that are built on purpose and talent. So instead of getting lost, they can put their potential to work confidently by knowing that no matter how much the world of work changes, they are contributing to solving some of the world’s biggest and most enduring challenges.

We do this by delivering programmes for parents/carers and their teenagers, which combine our unique INSPiRED Career and Life Planner tool with some lightbulb career coaching techniques that work quickly and easily.

Meet the people behind CA4P

Carolyn Parry

Carolyn Parry is a languages graduate (London University) with a passion for helping people identify and work towards achieving their potential. Her own very painful career crisis, following a successful business career working in property, software and publishing led to her identifying her true North and retraining to become Higher Education Careers Adviser. She spent fourteen years at Aberystwyth University, where she became Deputy Director with responsibility for the university’s employer liaison strategy, and latterly Institute Director of Student Development and Employability.

She took Voluntary Severance in 2015 to set up Career Alchemy, an award winning career coaching and training company supporting students via universities, recent graduates and professionals seeking to change their career. More recently, she added www.CareersAdviceForParents.org to her portfolio to provide online support for the parents and carers of teenagers to help them create inspiring working lives.

Currently the UK Careers Adviser/Career Coach of the Year, she is a certified life coach and trained in a range of techniques and tools including emotional intelligence profiling, neuro-linguistic programming and Belbin team role theory.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Higher Education Academy, and the International Enterprise Educators’ Programme, she is a Trustee and Non Executive Director of NASES (the National Association of Student Employment Services), a national trainer for AGCAS (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services), and the Wales voice for the professional association for all age careers work in the UK, the Career Development Institute.

 

Rhys Parry

An electronic engineer by training, Rhys has more than 30 years’ software development and project management experience in the software industry for companies such as Helwett Packard and Easams. In this context he recruited and managed teams in excess of 100 people.

A change of career led him to spending over a decade as a teaching fellow in a UK top 15 computer science department in a British University.

He now divides his time between the IT, Finance and QA elements of Career Alchemy and supporting Welsh rugby. For more please see Rhys’s profile on www.linkedin.com

Consultants and Associates​

Gary Argent  – Early Careers Employability Specialist

Gary has worked in the early talent industry since May 2000.  After eight years delivering graduate recruitment and development programmes at a large international IT company he spent three years at the Institute of Student Employers (formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters) where he facilitated collaboration between employers, universities and suppliers. 

Gary went on to run the careers service at City, University of London for four years, focusing on Widening Participation, early engagement with students, curriculum-led careers guidance and developing employer partnerships.  More recently he spent six months supporting the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Passport for Life project.

This experience has given Gary an unusual opportunity to view the industry from different standpoints as he has worked as a recruiter, for the industry’s professional body, and for a university. For more details please see his LinkedIn profile.

Olymbia Petrou – Diversity and HR Specialist

With a background in business, diversity and HR, Olymbia has worked for public sector organisations, SMEs, charities, as well as owned and run her own businesses.

A fully-qualified business and executive coach, Olymbia particularly enjoys working with diverse groups on the unique challenges they face. Her humanistic coaching approach can help with any challenges or self-limiting beliefs that may be getting in the way, and by eliciting and nurturing individual skills and strengths, can help unlock and focus individuals on achieving their full potential and goals which make sense for them.

Olymbia also delivers diversity, business and HR consultancy to support organisations, individuals and businesses with practical and supportive solutions through her company Electra Business Services Ltd.

Interested in working with us as an associate?

If you are passionate about career coaching and are looking for a new opportunity to do what you love, then why not contact us today to find out more.

Interested in working with us as a client?

We run a range of different programmes and services, all designed to help you put the sunshine in your career.

Careers Advice for Parents helps parents, carers and support workers to start a conversation with a child about choosing a career. With suggestions and definitions around money, higher education, apprenticeships, gap years, qualifications and job search this site provides lots of information to help you to support young people.

Southampton City Council

It's a terrific website so I have no hesitation in recommending it to parents.

Chris Jones,  Careers Adviser,  Yorkshire

An excellent website offering advice and information on all aspects of careers and how you can support your child.

Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield

If you are a parent carer looking for information and advice about possible career options for your young person with SEND, take a look at the Careers Advice for Parents website. It contains a lot of helpful, clear and well set out guidelines, along with some useful links.

Wiltshire Parent Carer Association

An excellent resource for parents.

Sarah Forsyth Freelance Careers Consultant

Careers Advice for Parents, Parental Guidance and the National Careers Service all serve as a useful starting point offering guidance and signposting parents to both free and paid-for services.

Virginia Isaac, CEO, Inspiring Futures Foundation

I have created a link on our school website to your site as I think it is fantastic and the most informative and up to date website out there.

Lawnswood School, Leeds

I recently found this interesting and helpful new website. No it's not for parents who are looking for new careers themselves, but for parents who want to know how to help their youngster with career choices.

Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead

There is an excellent website available for parents and students to view, offering advice and information on careers and career options.

Stoke Park School, Coventry

Careers Advice for Parents helps parents, carers and support workers to start a conversation with a child about choosing a career. With suggestions and definitions around money, higher education, apprenticeships, gap years, qualifications and job search this site provides lots of information to help you to support young people.

Southampton City Council

It's a terrific website so I have no hesitation in recommending it to parents.

Chris Jones,  Careers Adviser,  Yorkshire

An excellent website offering advice and information on all aspects of careers and how you can support your child.

Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield

If you are a parent carer looking for information and advice about possible career options for your young person with SEND, take a look at the Careers Advice for Parents website. It contains a lot of helpful, clear and well set out guidelines, along with some useful links.

Wiltshire Parent Carer Association

An excellent resource for parents.

Sarah Forsyth Freelance Careers Consultant

Careers Advice for Parents, Parental Guidance and the National Careers Service all serve as a useful starting point offering guidance and signposting parents to both free and paid-for services.

Virginia Isaac, CEO, Inspiring Futures Foundation

I have created a link on our school website to your site as I think it is fantastic and the most informative and up to date website out there.

Lawnswood School, Leeds

I recently found this interesting and helpful new website. No it's not for parents who are looking for new careers themselves, but for parents who want to know how to help their youngster with career choices.

Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead

There is an excellent website available for parents and students to view, offering advice and information on careers and career options.

Stoke Park School, Coventry

Careers Advice for Parents helps parents, carers and support workers to start a conversation with a child about choosing a career. With suggestions and definitions around money, higher education, apprenticeships, gap years, qualifications and job search this site provides lots of information to help you to support young people.

Southampton City Council

It's a terrific website so I have no hesitation in recommending it to parents.

Chris Jones,  Careers Adviser,  Yorkshire

An excellent website offering advice and information on all aspects of careers and how you can support your child.

Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Sutton Coldfield

If you are a parent carer looking for information and advice about possible career options for your young person with SEND, take a look at the Careers Advice for Parents website. It contains a lot of helpful, clear and well set out guidelines, along with some useful links.

Wiltshire Parent Carer Association

An excellent resource for parents.

Sarah Forsyth Freelance Careers Consultant

Careers Advice for Parents, Parental Guidance and the National Careers Service all serve as a useful starting point offering guidance and signposting parents to both free and paid-for services.

Virginia Isaac, CEO, Inspiring Futures Foundation

I have created a link on our school website to your site as I think it is fantastic and the most informative and up to date website out there.

Lawnswood School, Leeds

I recently found this interesting and helpful new website. No it's not for parents who are looking for new careers themselves, but for parents who want to know how to help their youngster with career choices.

Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead

There is an excellent website available for parents and students to view, offering advice and information on careers and career options.

Stoke Park School, Coventry

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