Now I have a clearer idea of my future career and I am a much more confident person

My mentor went above and beyond for me and inspired me to have the courage to create opportunities for myself.

Who are you?

My name is Louise Cook and I’m a student at Portlethen Academy in Aberdeen. I won the AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year Award 2016 for engineering and won an all-expenses-paid trip to CERN.

What were your ambitions before you started the programme?

I was unsure of my future and what career path I would take. I lacked experience in the workplace and the self confidence to decide my future.

Now I have a clearer idea of my future career and I am a much more confident person. 

What influenced you the most during your time on the programme?

My mentor – she went above and beyond for me and inspired me to have the courage to create opportunities for myself. 

The trip to CERN in Geneva was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. Visiting CERN was a real eye opener to myself and I learned a lot about particle physics while I was there.

What skills have you developed?

My interpersonal skills and my confidence – mostly I’m more aware of what my strengths are and what areas I need to work to make improvements.

How do you feel to have won this award?

It is such an honour as I had no idea I would have the chance to be nominated. Being on the Career Ready programme is an amazing opportunity and this is the icing on the cake. I have more courage than before I’m eager to learn.

Winning the Astra Zeneca STEM Student of the Year Award is one of my proudest achievements and the trip was such an incredible reward.