Cameron Spence is 24 years old and from Edinburgh. He’s a former Career Ready student and now works as a data executive with STR, working on data benchmarking for the global hotel industry. He is passionate about travelling Europe, with a soft spot for Italy. 

My story

The overriding reason I want to be involved in the Youth Advisory Board is that I have such an appreciation as to the value that the programme offers young people. As cliche as it may sound Career Ready changed my life for the better and I would love to be a part of the team that helps shape it for future generations.

When I was first approached about Career Ready I was extremely reluctant to join as, like many teenagers, I didn’t wish to take extracurricular activities. However, I’m delighted that I was persuaded otherwise. Through my paid internship and mentor, Career Ready offered me a springboard into the workplace and an industry – travel and tourism – which I immediately fell in love with.

So much so that I have since held a variety of roles in the sector and even launched a tour operator during my time at university. On the topic of university, Career Ready played a vital role in me securing a place at Edinburgh Napier University, which in turn has helped me progress in my career.

No perfect journey

An important lesson I’ve learnt so far in my career, and one which I hope to bring to the Youth Advisory Board, is that there is no such thing as the ‘perfect journey’ to success.

Over edited social media posts give us the impression that success is easy or can be defined in one way. But this isn’t the case. Things can go wrong or not as quickly as planned – and that’s okay! The key is to be resilient and not give up when things don’t go perfectly to plan.

Helping young people to overcome this challenge, as well as the others they face, is something I wish to achieve on the Board. And I can’t wait to get started and work with the other members to bring about positive change for all the young people on the Career Ready programme, now and in the future. 

Find out more about our Youth Advisory Board.