My mentor has given me a sense of excitement about my future

My mentor gives me vital knowledge that I would not be able to gain from a parent or friend.

Who are you?

My name is Ashley West and I’m a student at John Paul Academy.  My mentor, Diana Barclay, works for Search Consultancy.

Describe yourself before you started the programme.

I was shy and found it difficult to project my voice during presentations as well as in everyday life, which tended to hold me back from reaching my full potential.

I lacked confidence and tended to shy away from opportunities.

How did Diana help you?

My mentor helped me to follow my goal to become a teacher and has given me a sense of excitement about my future. She has also helped me to become more confident when speaking to others.

What’s the best thing about having a mentor?

Diana’s advice is always helpful. Even though she has followed a different career path, she still gives vital knowledge that I would not be able to gain from a parent or friend.

What advice would you give other students before they meet their mentors?

Take full advantage of your mentor’s knowledge and ask questions. The more questions you ask the better, as this will not only benefit you but it will be a way of connecting with your mentor.

How has being on the Career Ready programme helped you?

Without this experience I would not be able to find any confidence.  Increasing my confidence has really helped me – I’m now a manager in my part time job, managing around 60 staff. Without Career Ready I do not think that would have been possible.