Brittany Peacock graduated the Career Ready programme in 2015 whilst studying at Trafford College in Manchester. Now working for Hermes in Change Management, Brittany has decided to return to Career Ready as a mentor and LAB member for Trafford College. Here, she explains how the Career Ready programme gave her the skills and confidence to kick start her career and why she thinks it’s so important to give back and volunteer.

Before I started the Career Ready programme I felt inexperienced when it came to anything to do with the world of work. My mentor Angela, who worked at a management consultancy firm, was able to advise me on career paths, help me write a CV and build my confidence in general. Considering I had very little exposure to the world of work, having a mentor really helped me understand what might be needed and expected of me in the future.

I think every young person should have the opportunity to connect with a mentor, someone who can help guide them in their career and even personal life.  

During the Career Ready programme I completed an internship at Halifax bank as a customer service assistant. This was my first real world work experience, and I was so excited. I met lots of customers and was able to work on my confidence and professionalism, I found it really rewarding having the chance to speak with people and help solve their problems. I was also able to work on some key employability skills like time management and teamwork. I think that having the opportunity to participate in work experience at such a well-known business really set me up for working at other global blue chip company like Hermes.

I was so happy with my experience on the Career Ready programme, it gave me the professional opportunities I needed to get my foot in the door. Career Ready helped me become employable. I developed skills like organisation, time management and networking and they have all helped me get to where I am now. My confidence grew so much whilst I was on the programme, Career Ready does exactly what it says on the tin, it got me ready for my career.

I have now decided to volunteer with Career Ready as a mentor as well as a LAB member and would love to help a young person develop and achieve their career goals. Now more than ever, it is important we support young people getting ready for the world of work. It is such a competitive market and having the opportunity to do things like Career Ready can really help a young person stand out.

If I can help one student have a better understanding of what they need to do to get where they want to be – that’s my job done.

I think having the opportunity to speak to a mentor is really important, at that age I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my career but having someone to speak to helped calm my anxieties and worries and really helped me think about my goals. So, my aim is to do the same for another young person and make them feel more prepared for their next steps.

Get involved like Brittany and help more young people kick start their futures.