Category: International News

International Women’s Day – 8th March. Meet Karen McCormack


It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Karen McCormack, Manager of Sugarman International.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

I am the Manager or our International Team. Our team supports Medical Professionals to move to the UK or Australia and secure employment within our wide client base. As our business grows we want to be the gateway agency that supports businesses to find talent throughout the globe and build an international community of professionals that we can place in varying locations and sectors.

Where did your career begin?

During university I worked in Marks and Spencer which gave me my first insight into the value of customer service and how integral it is in any sector. In order to succeed in any role you must value people and strive to offer a unique service that sets you apart from the rest. Following my Masters Degree in International Management I moved to Australia and wanted to apply these values in a business that is renowned for its quality service to all parties involved!

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

Within my sector specifically a large percentage of the Health Professionals are women and especially at those senior levels of Management within Australia – so it is highly motivating!

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

Finding a work life balance in a demanding Medical sector. These health professionals are sometimes unable to work part time or shorter hours given the increasing demand- it can be difficult to manage full time work with family !

What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?

Within the Recruitment or Medical sectors both warrant a strong work ethic and can be demanding to say the least. Being determined, hardworking and valuing people will allow you to succeed in any walk of life! Jump at opportunities presented to you even if unsure – your career is a journey that you control!

Would that advice be any different to a woman?

Nope exactly the same – but do it in a fabulous pair of heels!

Which women in the media inspire you?

Amal Clooney, Meghan Markle and Jacinda Ardern.

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

Varying people – My grandparents and parents! My grandad in particular was honoured with a medal for bravery and courage in the Siege of Jadotville. I have always been encouraged to be brave, work hard and strive for success in every walk of life!!


Did you know it’s Children’s Mental Health Week? 4th – 10th February 2019


It’s Children’s Mental Health Week this week and we wanted to share these new school resources for Children’s Mental Health Week (4 – 10 February 2019).

You can download assembly guides, slides, group activities, top tips, fundraising ideas and more for free here:

This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out – the children’s mental health charity Place2Be is encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.

Place2Be need your help to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its fifth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Place2Be say:

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.

Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible.

Find out more:

Read more about Place2Be’s work


World Cancer Day 4th February 2019

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Sugarman Group is proud to join the #IAmAndIWill campaign for World Cancer Day 2019.


Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world. It’s time to make a personal commitment.

The theme: 2019 – 2021

2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

A 3-year campaign for impact

World Cancer Day is a campaign built to resonate, inspire change and mobilise action long after the day has passed.

A multi-year campaign offers a chance to create long-lasting impact by increasing public-facing exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and impact-driven action.

You can get involved in many ways:

  • Get personal – Create your own custom social media post with your own personal message of the commitment and share it with the world.
  • Light up the world – Make a statement by lighting up a significant landmark, monument or building to be illuminated on World Cancer Day in the colours of orange and blue in your city.
  • Translate materials –  Volunteer translators help to make World Cancer Day campaign materials, including posters, infographics and factsheets, as accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Spread the word – Write an op-ed, blog story, record a video message, feature World Cancer Day on your website, an article in your newsletter, or reach out to a local journalist.
  • Join the action – Show your support by showing up. Find an event near you on the Map of Impact, sign up to attend, participate or volunteer.
  • Create an event – Inspire others by hosting your own World Cancer Day event. From flash mobs, free screenings, record breaking attempts, conferences, fundraisers to fun runs, add it to the Map of Impact to spotlight the awesome work that you are planning.

To get involved, click here to find out more.

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