Louisa Aktemel, from Whitehill Secondary, who is a nominee of Career Ready’s AstraZeneca Award, talks about how her time on the Career Ready programme has helped her develop the skills, confidence and qualities to kick-start a successful future.
I used to lack confidence and had no experience of professional environments, I was also really unsure of what I wanted to in my further studies and future career. Thanks to Career Ready I was able to get an internship at Lockheed Martin, the technology company, which really helped my self-confidence grow and allowed me to gain some really useful work experience which is relevant to the career I want to pursue.
My time at Lockheed Martin has been really significant in helping me to grow as a person. I was able to work on a software development project where we had to code a parking rota website. This really helped me to develop my programming skills and reinforced my wish to pursue computing science as a future career.
Without Career Ready and the opportunity they gave me at Lockheed Martin, I wouldn’t now be studying computer science…I may even have not applied to university at all without the support of Wilson, my mentor.
Winning the AstraZeneca Award would be a massive bonus to what I have already achieved, and just being a finalist is something which I’m really proud about and will mention to future employers. Winning the award would make me so proud of all I have accomplished throughout my time on the Career Ready programme.