Jenna Rainey

Began my career journey whilst undertaking my BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Publishing, where I undertook voluntary and paid roles in publishing houses, aiding with creative workshops at Arts Council funded events and helped the marketing team at Bath Festivals.

During this time I was also elected in as Media and Events Officer for Bath Spa Students Union, giving me my first taste for charity management, budgeting and creative varied communications and events to reach a diverse range of audiences. I also had the chance to line-manage three sub-managers and a range of volunteers during this time.

After graduation I found a calling to work more closely with young people in an advisory setting and spent the next three years as Graduate Employability Advisor, helping to facilitate 1:1, group and distance support for students and alumni. I simultaneously held down another part-time role as a Widening Participation Ambassador, helping to facilitate classroom workshops across primary, secondary and college pupils, encouraging students to aspire to their greatest potential despite barriers of under-representation. Both these role were immensely rewarding, but I had never lost my love for writing and so I began a further Masters’ degree and another part-time role at a wedding magazine to keep my skills in check.

By the time I was unfortunately made redundant I had already shown my resilience, successfully continuing with my fledging freelance writing career and gaining my first book commission. It was in this time of flux that I decided to make a move into the charity and not-for-profit sector and I haven’t looked back since. I began my first role with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the South West Regional Office the week we went into national lockdown, having gained my own Gold Award from the charity less than a year prior. I’d already begun volunteering and a paid position seemed logical and somehow right – it turned out to be a perfect fit and I have continued to flourish during my time with the organisation ever since. I have now managed to combine my passion for communication with my pursuit of benefitting young people’s futures and I wouldn’t have it any other way, proud to be helping to guide the next generation through a wave of challenges during difficult times for us all.