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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.

I have a lot of different experiences others haven’t had, so sometimes I have some unique insights and understanding about other people’s situations and possibilities. Of course everyone is different and I fully realise other people have their own unique experiences. Even though it doesn’t apply as much to career guidance or career counselling, as opposed to counselling therapy, but finding out your adviser could resonate well with you and what you require, maximises the effectiveness of the support you get. Of course, a lot of this will become apparant during a personal meeting. I hope I’ve given you enough information for you to make a decision on how I can help, but in case I haven’t, please don’t hesitate to contact me.