Ibinabo David-West graduated the Career Ready programme in 2014, whilst studying at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow. She has recently completed her diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University.

When I was 16 I struggled a lot with my self-confidence and I was unsure about what I wanted to do in the future. My PSE teacher told me about the Career Ready programme and suggested I go for it. I was nervous about it, I didn’t know what was expected of me or if I would be able to achieve some of things that was ahead of me on the programme.

The support of my mentor, Louise from Morgan Stanley, was invaluable. She was someone I could share my struggles with and could offer advice. She’d already been through what I was going through and she was able to give me and advice and vision planning support. We still keep in touch to this day – she’s become a life-long friend.

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I also went to lectures and workplace visits, learnt how to write a CV and how to present in front of an audience – lots of different things. The summer internship at Morgan Stanley was a particularly invaluable experience at that age.

It gave me the confidence to carry myself in new and different situations and the belief that I belonged there.

I felt the advantage when I went to university and had to use my initiative and be confident in new environments.

In the end the Career Ready programme exceeded my expectations, it felt like I was being taught how to be a full working member of society. It felt like there were people out there that really cared about me and my future.

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