Jack Jenkins from Oldmachar Academy, our 2019 Standard Life Aberdeen Student of the Year for Aberdeen, enjoyed a paid internship and mentoring at Spirit Energy. Here, he shares how the experience has given him the skills, confidence and opportunity to kick-start a rewarding future.

I used to be very unmotivated and uncertain about what I want to do in the future, but my time on the Career Ready programme, especially my paid internship and the support of my mentor Katie, has completely changed this.

During my time at Spirit Energy, I worked in the hydrocarbon and accounting team and I was responsible for checking the Bloomberg system and logging the daily oil and gas prices, as well as updating the data tables showing the price fluctuations.

I also had to complete a personal presentation about my time at Spirit Energy at the end of my internship. This consisted of a round-up of the tasks I completed and what I learned during my time at Spirit Energy. This was actually my favourite moment of the internship as at the start of my internship I was really dreading it, but by the time I got to it I was prepared and felt really confident. It really showed how much I’d progressed during the four weeks.

The main thing the internship experience has helped me with is my confidence levels when approaching new people, every day during my internship I was speaking to new people.

The support of Katie, my mentor, was extremely beneficial to my Career Ready experience. She helped me prepare for my internship by giving me tips about how to conduct myself during the interview and how to make the most of the experience. She was also invaluable in helping me to write my personal statement for my university application.

My plan for the future is to go to university. I have received 3 conditionals for Robert Gordon’s University, to study either business management, international business or marketing.

Career Ready has helped me achieved this as, before my internship, I wasn’t sure if an office job was right for me or not, but now I feel like it is.

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