Students Delight "Smileworks"

Local cosmetic dentists help aspirational students decide their career choices at our 2019 Careers Convention

Local cosmetic dentists, dental nurses, photographers and business managers from Smileworks Liverpool took part in the school’s February careers convention to raise awareness of dentistry as a career and inspire the girls to pursue science subjects.

Our aim was to not only inspire young women to pursue science and healthcare careers but to also raise awareness of women in dentistry and spread the idea that women can be successful dentists, specialists, corporate leaders and everything in between as 95% of the professionals at Smileworks are female.

Smileworks is a mostly female practice and our professionals found the event extremely rewarding and spoke to some real high flyers with ambitions in science, digital marketing, beauty and photography.

Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann said,

“It’s important for dentistry - for any career in medicine - to do the right subjects from an early age. So science GCSE’s, Biology and Chemistry A-Levels are necessary to get onto medical and dental university courses.”

Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann BSc BDS MSc Aes.Med. PGDip Endod. MJDF RCS (Eng)Co founder and Lead Clinician

CEO and co-founder Ed was;

“Impressed with the level of technical insight of some of these students - I wish we had technology like this when I was at school.”

Ed Challinor LL.B LL.M Barrister (Gray’s inn)

Co founder and CEO

Ainhoa Mendiburu, our bilingual Spanish professional photographer spoke to children about her photography courses and working with dentists and patients in the practice. She was asked by a pupil whether she should recommend studying psychology or photography;

“Do both! When you develop your photography skills you’ll learn that taking the right picture of the right subject at the right time is as much art as science. There is so much psychology in photography that you can and should do both.”

Ainhoa Mendiburu BSc

Photographer and Digital Marketing Executive

Ainhoa also coached a student about how to frame shots and take unique shots (like the one below, giving her some on-the-spot training to improve her photography and use all the functions on her camera. She also gave lots of advice on social media marketing and how to create content that is interesting and relevant to the audience.

The team also spent time coaching students on our ideas about motivation, vision and values in learning. One of the Smileworks core values is ‘a stupid amount of continuing professional development’. This is because we all must continue learning and developing to keep up with the latest developments in each of our areas of expertise.

Dr Clare Jones, explained to another student,

“Get used to this learning because for a dentist, learning doesn’t stop when school, university or even dental school are over. It’s a lifetime commitment - we never stop learning at courses, doing extra degrees and specialising in our preferred fields of dentistry.”

Clare Jones BSc BDS -Dentist

We were also impressed by the calibre of the students and the amount of insight some of them had already had about their various career options.

At school you’re certainly one of the lucky ones if you know for sure what you want to do for the rest of your life. For the vast majority of teenagers it can be really confusing deciding (with no basis for comparison) how you want to spend the rest of your life.

CEO Ed Challinor commented;

“It’s great spending time with the kids and helping them understand what it takes to get where they want to go. I also spent time explaining that it’s perfectly ok not to know what you want - I tried everything and didn’t figure out what I wanted in a career until I was 28!”

All of us can point to an inspirational moment where someone changed our minds about what to study or what career to pursue. Sometimes you just need to meet that one person you can look up to and think: “I want to be like her when I am older- I want to do what she does”.

There can be a million reasons behind it; she has achieved a major success during her career, she loves going to work and wouldn’t change it for the world. We’d like the girls to think:

“When I grow up I want to have the flexibility to carry on with my hobbies, enough enough money to live the life I want - and just maybe (like Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann )I want to jump out of bed in the morning and enjoy every minute of my day”.

But to work in a dental practice you don’t need to be a dentist. There are loads of roles. Many of the girls didn’t know anything about this. Our dental nurses Emily Jones and Lacy Wilson explained tothem how essential the dental nurse role is.

Additionally, our fabulous front of house member Rhianne Davis spoke of how rewarding her role as front of house was with Smileworks and suggested to some students the benefits of a career in customer service.

Our CEO Ed Challinor gave a tape recorded interview to school reporters about his previous life as a Barrister and how he went from that to ending up founding a dental practice! He said;

“There’s not a day goes by when I don’ t use the skills and experience I got from Law school and training as a Barrister. Business is an intellectual game and Law teaches you to think. It also teaches you to persuade and present complicated facts to people in a way they can understand. So it’s a training that is useful for any career.”

The most asked questions of the day

Q: What GSCE do I need to get into dentistry?

A: Biology, Chemistry, a focus on science and analytical subjects.

Q: Can a beautician work in a dentists’ and how do I become a beautician?

A: Yes, we have a beautician working at Smileworks because we are a cosmetic dental practice and a facial aesthetics practice. This is pretty rare at the moment but at the time they are old enough to study beauty at college this might be more common.

Q: What A-Levels do I need for dentistry?

A: Chemistry, Biology and either another science, humanities or a


Q: How long is the dentistry course?

A: 5 year of hard studying and a minimal of one year of practice under


All our professionals hope this event inspires young minds and enables them to better understand the different job roles in a dental practice. We certainly got some of the girls thinking about whether they can achieve the grades and pursue a path that might end up in a career in dentistry beauty or healthcare.

Here at Smileworks we get the opportunity to change people’s lives every day with our work.

That’s why we get out of bed in the morning.

We understand that to influence just one person’s life in a positive way is a magical thing. We will certainly be looking out for ABS on CV’s in the future as everyone was extremely impressed with the event, with the ethos of ABS - and of course - with the calibre of the students.

The overwhelming feedback from our professionals was summed up nicely by our newest dental nurse, Lacy, who joined us all the way from America;


“It’s remarkable how children at the school have access to so many more subjects, classes and technologies. The ethos and culture here is really positive. I’ve taken a 2019 sixth-form brochure for my girls to have a look at!”

Lacy Willis BS NEBDN - Dental Nurse

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