The Making Of…

The people at the top of their game don’t get there on their own. Parents are one of the biggest influences in a child’s life, especially when it comes to careers. As a parent, you don’t need to understand the ins-and-outs of the career your child wants to give them the support they need to achieve their aspirations.

The parents of double Olympic swimming champion Becky Adlington; JLS band member JB Gill; and barrister, author and campaigner Alexandra Wilson (also known as the ‘Essex Barrister’) share their stories about how they supported their children to reach their career goals.

Watch as Kay Adlington, Cynthia Gill, and Julie and Deon Wilson explain how having regular conversations with their children helped to define the working lives they went on to have.


The Making Of JB Gill

JLS band member, JB Gill, hadn’t always planned on being a singer. His mum, Cynthia, talks about the importance of learning about the career path that your child shows an interest in so that you can support them to achieve success – even if they change their mind.


The Making Of The Essex Barrister, Alexandra Wilson

The ‘Essex Barrister’, Alexandra Wilson, wouldn’t be where she was today without the support and guidance she received from her parents. Her parents, Julie and Deon, talk about how creating a space for Alexandra to ask questions was an important part of her journey to success.


The Making of Becky Adlington

Swimmer, Becky Adlington, has won 4 Olympic medals for the UK. Her mum, Kay, talks about the importance of asking your child questions about their passions and involving them in conversations early on about what they can achieve to help them pursue the career they want.