Without Career Ready I may have ended up doing a job that didn’t reflect my true potential

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Career Ready helped me to see things like qualifications and work experience as an opportunity, and as something to take hold of.

Who are you?

My name is Ryan Thorne and I’m a Career Ready student at Holyrood Roman Catholic Secondary School in Glasgow. I’m one of two winner's of the Sir Winfried Bischoff Award 2016.

What were your plans before the programme?

I intended to leave school at the end of S4 and I had little interest in going onto higher education or university – I planned to complete an apprenticeship in joinery. 

Before the programme I had little confidence, lacked self belief and I didn’t enjoy speaking to new people. 

What was the most important influence on you during the programme?

Throughout the programme I had the privilege of meeting many new people, who were able to help with any questions that I had. The most important influence on me was Andie, my mentor, who has supported me continuously and encouraged me. It was particularly good to have him help me out with decisions regarding life after school and university courses.

What skills has Career Ready helped you to develop?

I have significantly developed my personal management and social skills, including my confidence. 

Without Career Ready I may have left school and ended up doing a job that didn’t reflect my true potential. Career Ready 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 all of the people I have worked with have done for me.

The award is recognition for all that I’ve achieved. It’s means so much more to me than the title – it reflects a journey that I am very proud of. 

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