Are you having to reconsider your employment options?
Look no further: Welcome to Defining Your Second Career 2020

Has Covid-19 put you out of a job?

Are you considering an alternative career as the result of the economic downturn?

Do you need to re-evaluate your transferable skills?

Are you worried that your age is against you?

Defining Your Second Career 2020 will help you with all this and more!

Please join us at this free half-day virtual event which will address all the above and so much more in a professional and dynamic way from the comfort of your own home at the click of a mouse!


The details:

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2020

Time: 9.15AM-1.30PM

Taking place via Zoom



9.15AM Introduction from Work Avenue

9.30AM Keynote: How I pivoted to a successful second career, David Kaplan, COO at SBC Group

10.05AM Changing sector using your transferable skills, Melanie Pearl OR How to work with recruitment agencies, Amanda Reuben

11.05AM Is age just a number? Emma May OR Your second career CV, Richard Linden

12.05PM Building a Business: Getting You Started, Joanna Sadie OR Harnessing the power of LinkedIn to secure your next role, Adam Katz

1.00PM Q&A with the Work Avenue team


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The speakers

David Kaplan – Keynote speaker

Born and bred in the capital of Scotland, where he attended the Edinburgh Academy and also graduated from the Edinburgh shul cheder!

Read Law and History concurrently at the University of Glasgow and became the Chair of the Glasgow Jewish Students Society.

David became the first Scottish born Chair of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and from there moved into the professional Jewish community environment with roles including Director of UJIA (Renewal) in Scotland and the Executive Director of Laniado UK before joining the United Synagogue (US).

Within the US David was a co-founder of Tribe and became a Director of the US, responsible for Communities, Rabbinic recruitment, Burial, Chesed and Membership.

On leaving the US after 16 years David formed his own consultancy firm and became the COO of the SBC Group which provides business coaching to senior executives and provides high-level advice to Family Offices in terms of their governance and succession planning.

In his spare time David is a Trustee of University Jewish Chaplaincy, a mad follower of Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Scottish Rugby.

Adam Katz, Whitbread PLC

Adam is an ex ‘Big-4’ Management Consultant, having spent 5 years between PwC and EY in their People Consulting practices. Over the last 4 years, Adam has been sitting on ‘the other side of the table’ as an internal management consultant at Whitbread Plc (Premier Inn), where he helps business leaders Design, communicate & implement their strategies. More recently, Adam has started his own career and business coaching company, and has developed a high impact LinkedIn presence in this space – both in terms of views, engagement, and sales.

Richard Linden, Work Avenue

With a number of years’ prior experience working for a welfare to work provider, Richard has a real passion for supporting people from all walks of life into employment. He is committed and enthusiastic about helping people overcome challenges and realise their potential. Richard is also a children’s entertainer, a keen snooker player and a life-long spurs fan.

Emma May, Work Avenue

A law graduate from Manchester University and qualified HR professional, Emma has a background in HR management, psychometric assessment, outplacement and careers guidance and has held roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors.  Emma supports Debbie in the overall management of Work Avenue, and is also responsible for the provision of all services to our job seeking clients.

Melanie Pearl, Work Avenue

Melanie has extensive experience in coaching and supporting individuals to achieve their career potential. A MCIPD qualified HR professional and Career Coach, she works at senior level within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors combining her up-to-date industry knowledge with expertise in helping clients to find work and career opportunities.

Amanda Reuben, Bijou Recruitment

Amanda’s career has spanned executive search, account management, event organising and estate agency and she has spent the last 15 years in recruitment; she currently runs her own business, Bijou Recruitment, which she set up from scratch over 6 years ago. Her client portfolio consists of many well-known consumer brands with whom she works closely, helping them to recruit staff at all levels.  She has a strong ethos around integrity and transparency and treats both clients and candidates alike with respect and understanding.  Her aim is to ensure that everyone who crosses the Bijou threshold has a positive experience.

Recruitment can be a minefield at the best of time for jobseekers and the additional challenges with the current Covid-19 pandemic mean it is more important than ever to know the rules of engagement to navigate this minefield.  She regularly counsels candidates on improving job hunting success and signposting them where appropriate. No matter the industry nor sector, there are some hard and fast rules worth knowing and remembering when it comes to job hunting.

Joanna Sadie, Work Avenue

Joanna is a Business Adviser for Work Avenue. Following a successful career in Sales working for high profile media owners Joanna established her own Sales Training and Consultancy business. She has extensive experience helping founders and directors of SME’s and Start-Up’s devise business plans, develop sales and marketing strategies and working with them on leadership, personnel and commercial issues.  Joanna is also a qualified corporate coach and is passionate about helping clients to set and achieve their business goals.