Danielle Halford, who graduated from Career Ready in 2017, shares her experience of the Career Ready programme and how it helped her secure a degree apprenticeship and kickstart a rewarding future.
Since graduating from Career Ready I have made so much progress because of the transferable skills I learnt on the programme and I’m still using these today.
Career Ready taught me that the career path I am going to take is not going to be straightforward, which is why I am so determined to make the most out of every opportunity. I spent a year and a half working at IKEA and Santander, whilst also supporting the Career Ready programme at Cardiff & Vale College by being part of the Student Bilingual Board.
Career Ready has taught me to never doubt my ability. From being someone who had no hope for my future, to being someone who now has so many goals - which I know I’m going to achieve one day - is an amazing thing.
Being a part of the Student Bilingual Board at CAVC has been such an influence for me as I am helping to support students coming from welsh schools start in college and it is making an impact. I truly believe if I had not learnt all the transferable skills I did whilst with Career Ready I wouldn’t have been able to successfully work two jobs for over a year.
After being the Regional award winner for the Sir Winfried Bischoff Award 2017, I then went on to be the Business Student of the year 2017 at CAVC. Both are huge achievements for me that I would never have dreamt of being possible before Career Ready.
I’m so excited to have started my apprenticeship supporting Career Ready at Cardiff and Vale College while also studying a Leadership and Management course. Over the last few years I’ve had so much support from Tracy Bird, the Career Ready coordinator at CAVC, in developing my skills and building a successful career path for myself – and now I’m working with her to support the programme myself which is an opportunity I never thought I would have. I’m absolutely thrilled and I can’t wait to see how the experience will help me the future.
Working with students who were in the same position as I was in just a few years ago is the most inspiring part of my job and I love it. Supporting students who lack confidence, find it difficult to network and are just starting on their career journey is exactly where I was two years ago, and now they are coming to me for advice and support which is something I can’t believe.
Although I graduated from the Career Ready programme two years ago, the support and influence I have had since then has been incredible. I have networked and met my own mentors along the way because of Career Ready, who I still meet with regularly and their advice has been invaluable.
Career Ready has taught me to never doubt my ability. From being someone who had no hope for my future, to being someone who now has so many goals - which I know I’m going to achieve one day - is an amazing thing. Career Ready is the programme that keeps on giving and I’m still gaining skills and opportunities from it today. Career Ready has put me several steps ahead with experience in business situations which is something that would have taken years without it.
I don’t know where I would be now if I hadn’t taken part in the Career Ready programme, but I can definitely say I wouldn’t be as confident and happy as I am now without it. Career Ready truly has changed everything for me and my future is so bright.