Career Ready is a great way to network within the local area and explore new opportunities

If you want an opportunity to support a young adult while learning new skills Career Ready is the ideal organisation.

Who are you?

My name is Effie Sharp and I’m a Senior Recruitment Consultant for Primary Education, Randstad Education. I’m also a mentor and LAB member and this year I’m the winner of the Mentor of the Year Award for the North West. 

How did you feel to be a winner?

This award recognises the importance of a mentor and mentee relationship. Being a Career Ready Mentor is a voluntary role and while I have given my time to my student Mia, she has always been proactive, energised and motivated to commit to this programme and take advantage of every opportunity available to her. 

I am also proud to represent Blackpool through Career Ready.   

Why did you decide to get involved?

In my current role I support Primary Schools based in Blackpool & across the Fylde Coast. I was approached to join the Advisory Board for Career Ready in Lancashire and as I live and work in Blackpool I believed this was a great opportunity to get involved with my local community.

My time at College was an important time in my life so the idea of mentoring a student during this time was exciting. The team at Career Ready and Blackpool Sixth Form made this an easy decision to make too.

What is the most important thing you have done?

Randstad Education took students from Blackpool Sixth Form to our London Offices following the ‘ A Capital Experience’ in December 2015. We presented to the students areas such as recruitment, interviews, employability and personal branding etc. This was an important experience for the students and it was great to see them engaged with the world of work, asking question to develop their knowledge and showing their passion for being successful in life.

Why do you think the programme is important?

It really connects the students with local businesses and gives them the opportunity to learn, develop, network and be successful. 

For businesses, it is a great way to network within the local area and explore new opportunities. It is also a fantastic way to keep your own working approach current by keeping up to date with the next generation of employees. I feel that while I have worked with Mia and seen her develop and shape her future, I too have learnt and developed so much too.

If you want an opportunity to support a young adult during a valuable time in their life while learning new skills by developing your own working life then Career Ready is an ideal organisation to be a part of. I have now gone in to my second year of mentoring and I aim to continue supporting Career Ready.