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Careers Week 2022 | Cadence Dodds

Gary Seath 1 year ago

Education Support Media

Forces Children Scotland is working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland for Scottish Careers Week (07-11 November 2022), which is about helping people of all ages explore, understand, and manage their career choices, and the services and resources available to support them.

We have reached out to young people from armed forces and veteran families to put a series of case studies together to learn more about how their unique experiences can impact their pathway toward positive futures, compared to civilian peers.

Better still, we find out what they feel should be done to help peers overcome challenges, and how getting involved with Forces Children Scotland has helped to develop new skills and build confidence in order to dream big when it comes to career choices.

Our initial case study focuses on Cadence Dodds.

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

“The three words I have chosen are determined, happy, and considerate.”

Can you tell us a little about your family background – are you from an armed forces or veteran family? How is life different, compared to your civilian friends?

“I am part of an armed forces family as my dad is in the army. We lived in Germany for the first 10 years of my life then moved to Scotland. I had to adapt rather quickly to the different educational system and I found it quite difficult to catch up in some subjects meaning I felt I was behind everyone else in classes, especially in maths where the curriculum seemed so different.

“The majority of my civilian friends have never lived anywhere else and have only gone to one primary and secondary school. So that in itself is a big difference to my life as I have been to many schools, I also feel a difference when it comes to friends as the people, I know now have known each other their whole lives whereas I have started over multiple times.

“I also find though; I have had many opportunities being part of an armed forces family than a lot of my civilian friends and I wouldn’t change moving so much in my younger years for the world as I met many amazing people.”