Josie's success with Career Ready!

April 23, 2018

Josie Greensil, is in her 6th year at Keith Grammar School and was asked by DYW Moray to tell her journey through Career Ready. 


Career Ready is a two-year mentoring programme set up across Scotland which links employers with schools and colleges to help young people become better prepared for the world of work.  The programme combines mentoring, masterclasses which are designed by Career Ready to help the young person develop core skills for career success and a 4-week work internship at the end of year one of the programme with the mentor employer.


“I decided to join Career Ready in 2016 as at the time I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school.”


As in Josie’s case, many young people do not know what they want to do upon leaving school and through a thorough matching process within the Career Ready programme, identifying the best mentor-mentee fit based upon interests and experience, it allows the young people involved to develop confidence, key skills and their knowledge about the world of work.  

I thought the programme was a great way to give myself an insight into industry and develop skills which I could not learn during school. I was matched with Lara Mackay, Business Support Manager from the Moray Chamber of Commerce who I met with once every few months.

 
During my first year on the programme I liked the idea of Events Management.  I told my mentor about it and we decided that I based my 4-week internship around that career choice by working alongside Moray Speyside Tourism who are based at the Moray Chamber to help organise their annual conference which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also got to learn about DYW Moray who are also based at the Moray Chamber where I got to join them on their Summer Roadshow to gain more experience in Events.


In January 2018, I had a change in career choice and decided that I would like to join the Police. It is completely different to Events so I spoke to Sarah Baxter from DYW Moray about this and she gave me a contact in Police Scotland to get in touch with.  I arranged to meet with them at their office and we had a one-to-one chat about joining the Police which was great and very helpful. 


As a backup I also applied for college to do Events and I would not have got an unconditional if it wasn’t for my Career Ready experience with the Moray Chamber of Commerce.  


I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do Career Ready as I have broadened my network and have definitely grown in confidence.”


The Moray Career Ready programme is managed by Susan Macpherson, Regional Manager, Moray (susan.macpherson@careerready.org.uk) and is funded locally by Diageo and the Moray Council.  

 

Lara Mackay, Josie’s mentor advised, 


“The Moray Chamber was delighted to have been able to offer this opportunity to Josie.  We have found that over the mentorship, Josie became an important part of the wider Chamber Team and we hope that we have been able to provide her with an experience that she is able to take forward on her Career Journey.”

DYW Moray’s key aim is to refer more local employers on to the programme in order to allow more young people who are struggling to decide on what they want to do upon leaving Education and needing a confidence boost in order to help them start their career journey.  


The next programme will run from September 2018 – May/June 2020. 


If you are a Moray employer who would like to find out more, then please get in touch with the DYW Moray team either via email at info@dywmoray.co.uk or give us a call on 01343 610388.  More general information on the programme can be found here: https://careerready.org.uk/.

 

MORE ABOUT CAREER READY


Career Ready is a national charity that links schools with employers to help prepare young people, who lack the advantages of social mobility, for the world of work.

 

Aimed at 15-18 years-olds, the programme is built on four areas of activity which give students regular contact with working people and places: face-to-face mentoring by someone in work; masterclasses to help develop key skills and attitudes needed in their future career; workplace visits that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of local and national employers; and a paid internship between S5 and S6 to allow students to put their learning into practice in a real work environment. 98% of Career Ready students are in a positive destination on leaving school.  

 

Approximately, 20% of businesses who support Career Ready have recruited at least one student they met through the Career ready programme.  More than 270 employer organisations and more than 2000 employer volunteers support the delivery of the programme.

 

We currently work with 125 schools in twelve Local Authority areas across Scotland:  Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, Moray, Perth & Kinross, Stirling and West Lothian.  Schools from our 13th Local Authority, Dundee, will be working with us from September 2018.

 

The programme helps employers and schools to deliver ‘Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce’ recommendations and Career Ready is cited as an example of best practice in the CBI Scotland report, Delivering Excellence - A New Approach for Schools in Scotland.

 

For more information visit: www.careerready.org.uk and for a short film click here.


 

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