Careers Unwrapped
Welcome to Careers Unwrapped, where we explore the raw, honest, stories of people who are making it to the top of their careers, to help you with yours. With your host Mark Fawcett, we invite our guests from a variety of industries to break down the guidance and skills they wish they’d had when they started their careers. Advice you can put into action in your life.
How to Build a Successful Career: Greatest Hits Episode
June 11, 2024 • 28 MIN
In this special Greatest Hits episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett revisits some of the greatest hits from previous episodes. Hear from Camilla Holden-Ayala on her journey into the PR industry, Kaelon Parkes on his experiences with racism as a police officer, Nicola Bird on being a woman in construction, James Tanner on what sets a great chef apart, and Bhushan Sethi on discovering and utilizing your superpowers in the workplace.
The Realities of the Prison Service: Insights from a Prison Governor with Nicola Marfleet of HMP Woodhill
May 28, 2024 • 34 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Nicola Marfleet, Governor of HMP Woodhill. Together they explore Nicola’s unexpected journey into the prison service and the realities she has encountered throughout her career. Nicola also debunks misconceptions about prison officers and highlights the rewarding aspects of her role, including witnessing prisoners transform their lives. She offers insights into personal and professional development opportunities, and strategies for creating a positive culture as a leader.
Deborah Meaden’s Fearless Approach to Entrepreneurship and Leading with Vision
May 14, 2024 • 36 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by the one and only Deborah Meaden, Dragon’s Den star and Investor at Fox Brothers and Co Ltd. Together, they explore her dynamic career journey, managing 21 businesses with varied needs. Deborah emphasizes the importance of continuous learning from diverse influences and the value of embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. She advocates for clear leadership over micromanagement, urging entrepreneurs to maintain focus on their vision while adapting to market changes.
Masterclass 2: Storytelling with Peter Hopwood of Hopwood Story & Speaker Coaching
May 7, 2024 • 17 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett brings you another Masterclass. This week: Peter Hopwood, Global Tedx Storytelling and Speaker Coach, on storytelling!
3 Steps to Viral Stardom with Verity Park of tbh talent
April 30, 2024 • 27 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Verity Park, Founder of tbh talent. Together, they explore the world of content creation from a talent management lens, digging into the key to becoming successful, the effects of social media on young people, and the up-and-coming inspiring talent Verity is seeing.
Leadership Lessons, Endless Education, and Rewarding Risks: Nicola Bird’s Journey to CEO of Accxel
April 16, 2024 • 31 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Nicola Bird, Founder and Managing Director at Accxel. Together, they explore her career journey from dropping out of her A-levels to study beauty therapy to now being a business owner and CEO, touching on the lessons she learned along the way.
Finding the Creative Side of Advertising with Marion Miranda and Joe Sayer of Leith
April 2, 2024 • 28 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Marion Miranda, Health Copywriter at Leith, and Joe Sayer, Art Director at Leith. Together, they explore their creative partnership, the evolving landscape of advertising, and their recent success at the Cannes Young Lions Competition.
Masterclass 1: Public Speaking with James Evans of Vensa Coaching
March 26, 2024 • 13 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett brings you a new type of episode: a masterclass! Each masterclass will feature a bite-sized conversation with an expert who will discuss their tips and tricks for one of the skills needed to excel in your career. This week: James Evans, Director and Lead Public Speaking Coach at Vensa Coaching, on selling yourself!
Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Industry with Antonio Cinelli, Head of Production at Belstaff
March 19, 2024 • 29 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Antonio Cinelli, Head of Production at Belstaff. Together, they discuss the ins and outs of the fashion industry’s production process, how Antonio went from a degree in Economics to fashion, and why constant learning and listening is paramount throughout your career.
The Joys and Struggles of a Career in Teaching: Insights from David Grant
March 5, 2024 • 37 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by David Grant, a primary school teacher in Glasgow with a large platform on TikTok under the name @organisededucator. Join them as they discuss the challenges and rewards of being a teacher, using artificial intelligence in the classroom, and using TikTok to educate. David also touches on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and the importance of building relationships in the profession.
From Job-Hopping to an Influential Woman in Construction: Clare Yelland-Friel’s Journey
February 20, 2024 • 29 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Clare Yelland-Friel, construction and marketing expert. Together, they discuss Clare’s journey to being an influential woman in construction, from creating an empowered work environment to bringing collaboration to every part of the sector.
Accelerate Your Career and Secure that Pay Rise with Rich Waller
February 6, 2024 • 34 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Rich Waller, the brains behind the Career Acceleration Project. Together, they explore how Rich approached changing his career path from genetic science to career coaching, the three skills needed to become a “premium product”, and how to secure a pay rise.
From Nursery Practitioner to Metropolitan Police Officer: Kaelon Parkes Shares His Story
January 23, 2024 • 34 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Kaelon Parkes, an officer in the London Metropolitan Police. Together, they explore Kaelon’s experiences on the beat, discussing issues such as hostility towards police, racial profiling, and the need for diversity. Kaelon also shares his fascinating journey from nursery practitioner to police officer, outlining the highs and lows of such a significant career move.
Chef to Business Owner to TV Personality: James Tanner’s Culinary Journey
January 9, 2024 • 43 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by James Tanner, Chef and TV Personality. Together, they unwrap James’ career, from his entry into the chef trade to becoming a TV personality, and his advice for anyone looking to take the first step into becoming a chef professionally.
From Social Work to CEO: Anna Anderson’s Journey to Founding Kindred
December 21, 2023 • 41 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Anna Anderson, Founder and CEO at Kindred. Together, they delve into Anna’s journey from social worker to CEO, discussing the highs and lows of social work, its impact on her outlook, and the inspirational leaders she has met along the way.
Make Those Mistakes: Gavin Strange’s Journey to Director and Designer at Aardman Animations
December 12, 2023 • 47 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Gavin Strange, Director and Designer at Aardman Animations. Together, they delve into Gavin’s journey from a graphic design student to one of the faces behind Wallace and Gromit, digging into approaching rejection and accepting mistakes for what they are.
“Be Completely Open to Trying Different Stuff” Career Advice from Sarah Black-Smith of Siemens Digital Industries
November 28, 2023 • 40 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Sarah Black-Smith, General Manager of Motion Control at Siemens Digital Industries. Together they discuss her journey into engineering, how to foster a culture of innovation, and how we can work to get more young people interested in STEM careers.
Making It In The Media: Phil Edgar-Jones’ Journey to Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment
November 14, 2023 • 39 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment. Together they discuss his journey through television and media; how the television industry has changed with the influx of new channels and platforms to tune in; and the struggles he and others have faced to get their start in the industry.
From Farmer’s Daughter to Fighting Waste Globally: Tessa Clarke’s Journey to Co-Founding OLIO
October 31, 2023 • 44 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Tessa Clarke, Co-Founder and CEO of OLIO, a sharing app for local communities. Together they discuss her journey from a farmer’s daughter, through the corporate world, to actively fighting waste globally.
From Poverty to Power: Exploring the Career of Mayor Marvin Rees
October 17, 2023 • 46 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, to discuss his journey from a challenging upbringing to becoming a political leader. He delves into his motivations for getting involved in politics and the impact of his experiences with poverty and racism. Marvin highlights the realities of working in politics, the challenges he has faced, and the skills he has developed along the way.
From Basic Training to Beyond the Pedal: Exploring the Career of Staff Sergeant Daniel Moughton
October 3, 2023 • 44 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Staff Sergeant Daniel Moughton, PR Manager for the Army Sports Car Racing team and the creator behind the YouTube channel, Beyond the Pedal. Together, they journey through Daniel’s army career, making stops to discuss why no plan survives first contact, the military approach to problem-solving, Daniel’s first leadership role, and how motorsports and the military go together.
Don’t Put Yourself in a Box! Advice from Sara Walker, Professor of Energy at Newcastle University
September 19, 2023 • 41 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Sara Walker, Director for the Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence in Energy. Together, they discuss Sara’s journey into the energy sector, what it’s like to be a woman in STEM, and why you shouldn’t pigeon-hole your skills.
Steering the Startup Ship: Entrepreneurial Advice from Nick Telson
September 5, 2023 • 37 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Nick Telson, entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster, startup mentor, and public speaker. Together they discuss Nick’s experience starting and selling DesignMyNight, his first startup. Exploring Nick’s transition from corporate to co-founder, what the experience of selling a startup is like, and what mistakes he made that have shaped his newer ventures, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in entrepreneurial pursuits.
Breaking Barriers: Joe Seddon’s Journey to Founder and CEO of Zero Gravity
August 30, 2023 • 50 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Joe Seddon, Founder and CEO of Zero Gravity. Together, they discuss Joe’s journey as an entrepreneur, having founded his business straight out of University. He shares the highs and lows, his experience of networking, and exactly what it means to be a Founder. Prepare to be inspired by his mission to level the playing field and create positive social change.
Make Mistakes… Then Learn From Them! With Rahul Moodgal, Director of Parvus Asset Management
August 22, 2023 • 42 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Rahul Moodgal, Director and Partner at Parvus Asset Management, to discuss his diverse career journey, from academia to finance, and his experience in taking the path less trodden. They delve into the importance of communication skills and relationship building; the value of being knowledge-hungry, adaptable, and taking pride in your work; and the significance of experiencing tough times and making mistakes across your career journey.
Building Bridges through Connection with Tope ‘ICIE’ Chiedozie, Founder of The Sitdown UK
August 15, 2023 • 43 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped Podcast, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Tope ‘ICIE’ Chiedozie, Founder of The Sitdown UK, to discuss Tope's career highs and lows, his views on engaging with young people, and his inspiration for The Sitdown. Tope also discusses his challenges as an independent artist and his shift towards creating a platform for career journeys.
Does Their Work Culture Suit You? With Hilary Owen, Head of Marketing at Escape the City
August 8, 2023 • 37 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Hilary Owen, the Head of Marketing at Escape the City. Together, they get into whether or not the company you work at is really the right fit for you, and whether or not big businesses can provide as nice a working space as a startup.
From Dreams to Reality: Camila Holden-Ayala’s Journey to Senior Account Manager at Broadcast Revolution
July 25, 2023 • 48 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Camila Holden-Ayala, Senior Account Manager at Broadcast Revolution and Events Director at TRIBE, to discuss Camila’s experience in the PR industry, including her unconventional entrance into the sector. Camila shares insights into the challenges and rewards of the role, the value of humility in your early career, as well as the importance of diversity and education within the wider creative industries.
How to Kickstart your Career by Asking Questions with Bhushan Sethi, Partner at Strategy&
July 25, 2023 • 39 MIN
In this episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett is joined by Bhushan Sethi, Partner at Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, to discuss the valuable lessons he has learned from humble beginnings to being a Partner. They share insights on the importance of prioritising your wellbeing; how to differentiate yourself from the competition; and the constant need to ask questions, be curious, and challenge everything.
Unwrapping Your Career Potential with Mark Fawcett, CEO of We Are Futures
July 25, 2023 • 9 MIN
In the very first episode of Careers Unwrapped, host Mark Fawcett, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at We Are Futures, goes solo. He delves into exactly what Careers Unwrapped will offer you in our future episodes. He further takes a trip down memory lane by sharing his own career journey; highlights the issues and challenges facing career starters today; and examines changes to recruitment processes, including the incorporation of AI and the focus on talent, potential, and skills.
Careers Unwrapped Trailer
July 13, 2023 • < 1 MIN
Welcome to Careers Unwrapped, where we explore the raw, honest, stories of people who are making it to the top of their careers, to help you with yours. With your host Mark Fawcett, we invite our guests from a variety of industries to break down the guidance and skills they wish they’d had when they started their careers. Advice you can put into action in your life.