John Freer, International Supply Chain Supply Chain Operations Director at DHL, is a Carer Ready mentor and winner of the Citi Volunteer of 2017 Award for London & the South East. Here, he shares his experience of mentoring and how he has been able to give young people the skills and experience to kick-start a successful future.
Young people do not necessarily have the life skills that employers are looking for when it comes to the business environment. But today’s students are tomorrow’s employees, so I wanted to help demonstrate that with hard work, effort and a realisation of who you are and what you can offer, you can achieve great things regardless of background.
The Career Ready programme delivers such a wealth of opportunity outside the classroom, engaging students with employers and supporting the decisions and direction young people must make.
I had a mentor myself so I know the value of taking a shared approach, receiving honest feedback and the feeling of success.
We live in a very busy world, but to take time out and offer a young person the chance to develop on the Career Ready programme isn’t arduous and - if like I was - a student doesn’t know what to do after college, the support is invaluable.
I would recommend working with Career Ready because we all have transferable skills, no matter what our industry, that can be shared with the students, teachers and other Career Ready mentors. Our experience and knowledge can inspire students to think outside of the box and see their potential to excel in whatever field they choose.
I hope this award inspires others to get involved, particularly in logistics where we need more young people to come into such an incredibly diverse industry – it’s not all trucks and warehouses!