Abdul Basit Zaheer from Luton Sixth Form College joined the Career Ready programme in 2018. Here, he talks about his relationship with his mentor from Moody’s, his internship at Network Rail and his plans for the future.

Whilst I’ve been on the Career Ready programme, my mentor, Al, has been able to advise me on the crucial next steps in my education and career. We talked about apprenticeships, university and what employers are looking for. He’s even helped me with revision tips and dealing with exam stress.

Al, helped me prepare for my internship, and whilst I was there made sure I was learning things and having a positive experience. The best thing about having a mentor was being able to tap into his wealth of workplace experience. He has improved my decision making, my communication skills and my confidence hugely.

The real reward has been seeing Abdul come out of his shell and really engage with me and the Career Ready programme. I think, for students his age, the opportunity to have a mentor is invaluable.

Al Lines, Abdul’s mentor

The internship at Network Rail was one of the most valuable experiences I had during the Career Ready programme. Whilst there, not only did I develop valuable skills for the workplace but also learnt how I can write more effective applications for university and jobs in the future. The other interns and I were hosted by great supervisors who helped us with networking and workplace skills and put on various relevant training sessions during our time there.

We have been very impressed with Abdul.  He is a very personable young man who has worked impressively hard and with a professional approach and manner. It has been a pleasure to have Abdul with us and we all hope he goes on to do well at college and in his future.

Richard Heslop, Abduls Internship Supervisor at Network Rail

I was hesitant and unsure about what I wanted to do after college before I joined the Career Ready programme, now I know I want to pursue a career in either finance or IT and would like to study economics at a good university. I’ll also be keeping a close eye on the Network Rail graduate apprenticeship.

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