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Let’s introduce myself...
I am Marc Truyens, and I live, since 2004 (already!) in the South West of England. Before this I lived in Scotland, Belgium and what seems like a lifetime ago, in Switzerland and short stints in France and Germany. So a lot of international experience as well as experience in this country. To find out more about me, please click on the other categories.
Relevant full time qualifications I hold:
• BSc (hons) open degree in art history and sociology
• Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Guidance and Counselling in Learning) (PGCPE)
• Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance or QCG (Qualification in Career Guidance)
• NVQ Level 4 LDSS (Learning Development and Support Services)
• MSc in Career Guidance (part – research and dissertation still to do)
In addition to the qualifications I have already, I also have a certificate in basic counselling skills.
I am a qualified assessor for:
• the level 3 qualification in Advice and Guidance
• the Level 4 qualification in Career Guidance
• the Level 6 qualification in Career Guidance
I also have passed all the health and safety, equality and diversity, safe working and other certificates and training needed for my job.
I have enhanced CRB clearing to work with vulnerable people.
I have been working in career guidance since 2004, when I finished my postgraduate qualification in career guidance. I started work for Connexions Dorset where I gained a lot of experience working with young people, not just in career guidance but also in supporting young people with all the other issues that can influence opportunities, chance and decisions. I also gained expereince working with people with disabilities and those with additional learning needs. After 2011 I worked with Adults for Ansbury Guidance, the same employer. I learnt about the differences in needs and in what they presented with, adapting my style and increasing my skills at the same time. I have since also worked with students who are applying to higher education, both in the UK and abroad. I developed a lot of skills, insights and knowledge about different education systems in different countries and about the implications of studying at a university in another country, something I have experience of myself.
I also have a specific interest and skills in using creativity and graphic design skills to enhance my work, both in the materials I design and produce for my one to one work and those materials I create for workshops, presentations and groupworks. Central to this is my focus on people's different learning styles.
In 2017 I trained and qualified as an assessor on the level 3, 4 and 6 course in Career Guidance and I have been fotunate to support some really motivated and dedicated people to enhance their skills, knowledge and insight.
• English - fluent
• Dutch/Flemish - still fluent(!)
• French - fairly confident
• German/Swiss German - fairly confident
• Italian - I understand quite a bit but speak only a few words
As mentioned, I lived in a few countries in Europe and as a result, picked up some languages along the way. I speak English (of course) and also Dutch/Flemish, a bit of French, German/Swiss German and a few words of Italian. I don't often use some of these languages anymore, so I've lost some skills and vocabulary, but I'm sure I can work back up to relative fluency again within a short time.
Alongside my language skills I have soaked up a lot of cultural influences as well, which puts me in a unique position where I can compare cultures and come to new, creative and different solutions and insights.