National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – What It’s Like To Be A Mentor

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – What It’s Like To Be A Mentor

Daniel Busson, Service Delivery Manager at Capita Workforce Management Solutions and a mentor to Sam at Cirencester College,  recently shared how he has helped Sam develop the skills and confidence to kick-start a successful future with Career Ready. 

“I decided to get involved with Career Ready after we had been running a successful apprenticeship program for a number of years. Taking on a student from our local college for a summer internship seemed a natural extension of this. Once we had seen the benefits of the Career Ready program, we wanted to provide as much support to young people as possible going forward. As a result, I volunteered to become a mentor and I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far.

Mentoring a young person is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my professional life. You feel a real sense of pride when you see a formerly shy young person grow in confidence and achieve their goals thanks to your support and guidance.

I’ve been able to share my own experiences with him in the hope that he can learn from my mistakes so he doesn’t make the same!

I think the biggest difference I was able to make to Sam was in terms of his confidence, especially in interview situations. He went from being a very nervous young man, who would look anywhere except at the interviewer,  providing very short answers, to someone who now has so much more confidence and conviction in answering questions and provides a more confident appearance.

I would recommend becoming a mentor yourself because watching a young person grow and develop their skill-set is a truly rewarding experience. You truly can make a difference, so get involved!”

To read Dan’s full interview with Career Ready, click here.

Learn more about the impact you can have as a Career Ready volunteer, or get involved today and make a lasting difference.