Sohan Ratajczak, from Luton Sixth Form, who is a winner of Career Ready’s AstraZeneca Award, talks about how his time on the Career Ready programme has helped him develop the skills, confidence and qualities to kick-start a successful future.
I used to lack experience and confidence in professional environments and struggled with things such as time management. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in a science related field, and I really enjoyed maths, so I jumped at the chance to get involved with Career Ready and experience an internship at Leonardo.
My internship at experience at Leonardo has really helped me to grow and develop as a person. During my time at Leonardo I was able to showcase my positive attributes and get used to being in a professional environment, it’s made me much more confident and prepared to get out of my comfort zone. Being able to witness first-hand what it’s like to work in engineering has also helped consolidate my choice of studying engineering at university, as working on real-world issues was very highly rewarding.
Without Career Ready, and the opportunity they provided me at Leonardo, I would still be struggling to pick a career path that truly suited me – as engineering is something which I know I will enjoy after graduation. I also wouldn’t know what employers look for in candidates and what skills would help me to achieve my goals.
Winning the AstraZeneca Award would be great as it’s a huge opportunity for me to meet new contacts and expand the opportunities available to me as it will look great on my CV – it will really be a great way to cap off my Career Ready experience.