Gareth Grant from Diageo is a Career Ready mentor to Kimberley Paton from Clevedon Secondary School in Glasgow. Here, he shares his experience of helping Kimberley develop the skills, confidence and experience needed to kickstart a rewarding future.

Career Ready was mentioned to me by a few of my work colleagues as Diageo has a strong partnership with Career Ready and many of our team serve as volunteers in different capacities. I was in fact a supervisor of Career Ready interns for a couple of years so making the move to mentoring seemed like a natural move.

I believe that a mentor can have a massively positive impact on a young person’s life so I was very excited to get started. A mentor is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction – all of which goes a long way in helping a young person prepare for their future. I also believed that it would help with my own development, enabling me to build on skills such as listening, questioning, facilitation, empathising and rapport building.

Seeing Kimberley’s progress over our mentoring relationship has been really rewarding. She is now much more confident and her knowledge of the workplace has really grown, as shown in how fantastic she performed during her internship – especially in her end of placement presentation to the wider Diageo team!

The fact that Kimberley wants to become an engineer in the future and that we were able to tailor her internship to give her insight and experience in this area was a further highlight of mine as it meant that we were able to give her direct experience relevant to her dream career.

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