Ryan Thorne, from Holyrood RC Secondary School in Glasgow, graduated from Career Ready in 2016 and was the winner of the Sir Win Bischoff Award. Here, he shares how a paid internship and mentoring at Morgan Stanley helped give him the skills and confidence to kickstart a successful future.
Before I started the Career Ready programme I intended to leave school at the end of S4 and I had little interest in going to higher education or university. I had little confidence and self-belief, and I hated speaking to new people.
Over my two years on the Career Ready programme, I significantly developed my personal management and social skills, including my self-confidence. Andie, my mentor from Morgan Stanley, supported and encouraged me so much. It was great to have him help me out with decisions regarding life after school and university courses.
I’m now studying at St Andrews University thanks to the support of Andie and the opportunities provided by Career Ready.
Without Career Ready I may have left school and ended up doing a job that didn’t reflect my true potential. They helped me to see things like qualifications and work experience as an opportunity, and as something to take hold of. I am so thankful for everything that the people I have worked with have done for me.