Meet Sophie Carr
My role within Explore Learning is Regional Manager of seven centres in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and North London. I joined Explore Learning in April 2013, following my degree in English and Theatre (and a little bit of time spent travelling!) After my studies, I passionately wanted to find a role which would allow me to work with children and develop managerial insight and business acumen; and I found out about the Assistant Director role when I met Explore’s head of graduate recruitment at a careers fair in Leeds. The rest is history; and I have loved every second.
As an Assistant Director, I loved putting to use my previous experience teaching primary children, and learning the secondary Maths and English curriculum as an additional challenge. I took over the management of my first centre in New Barnet in April 2014. I knew early on in my career that my passion lay within training and development, and my proudest moment to date is seeing two of the Assistant Directors with whom I worked go on to manager their own centres in turn. Teams at Explore come from a wealth of different academic and vocational backgrounds; they are dynamic, energetic and open and I love seeing centre teams approach centre challenges with creativity. A key part of my role now is aiding the recruitment team with recruiting and training new employees and I am incredibly proud of the fact that we can offer a diverse, rewarding and ever-changing career path at Explore.
One thing which I hope to always be recognised for is ensuring that staff feel supported, challenged and motivated, and that they can approach me honestly with their feedback, ideas and problems if needed. Crucially at Explore, I have learned the utmost importance of really meeting the needs of the families with whom we work. In my career, I have worked with teams who between them have tutored in excess of 3,000 children and with this in mind, being able to listen and build a real trust between these families is so important. A typical day involves face-to-face marketing, responding to staff and customer feedback, interviewing potential new managers and providing parents with support and knowledge to best aid their own child’s learning. Because of this, it is important to approach every interaction with integrity, compassion and a genuine interest in customer service.
The staff at Explore are incredible; the seven teams within my region inspire over 2,000 young learners and I am immensely proud to help in supporting with the growth of such a brilliant company. If you are looking to combine a passion for children’s education with the ambition to contribute to the success of the UKs leading extra-curricular tuition provider, an Assistant Director role is perfect. In turn you will benefit from the highest quality training, the support of networks within your region and head office and the chance to develop in areas from marketing to recruitment; tailoring educational plans to coaching tutors.