Career Ready provides a good channel for us to create the motivated, talented people to join our teams in the future.
My name is Colin Regan, I’m a Technology Development Specialist at BBC Northern Ireland and a Business Engagement Partner on the Career Ready programme. I support Career Ready students through a number of different activities, including site tours, skills development and presentations on specific career roles. In 2016 I was awarded Volunteer of the Year for Northern Ireland.
Why did you get involved in Career Ready?
As a parent of three children, all now adults, I learned from their experiences and can relate to the confusion and frustration they felt throughout the numerous recruitment processes they went through. In addition, as part of the BBC Northern Ireland Technology and Operations team I have been engaging with young adults for approximately 20 years in various roles. Throughout this time I have seen how guidance and support for young people can help them find their way through the stresses and challenges of relating their studies and interests to career opportunities.
The Career Ready programme provides an interface for students to identify and develop valuable links with people in businesses, who can share their knowledge and experiences.
What does your role with Career Ready involve?
I work with groups of students to provide a number of interactive events throughout the year, as well as ongoing support, development and nurturing for each young person involved.
Each event, each conversation, each question and answer is important in its own right.
Why would you recommend supporting Career Ready to other employers?
From my perspective in my business, the Career Ready programme helps to create and develop the partnerships that nurture young people in effective ways. By sharing knowledge, experiences and career opportunity information, it is a good channel for us to create the motivated, talented people to join our teams in the future.
How does it feel to be recognised as Volunteer of the Year?
I feel undeserving of this award – I am aware there are many good people working for a variety of organisations who are doing similar work to what I am doing, engaging with the Career Ready team to interact with young people. I do, however, “thank you” for the external recognition that there is value in what I am doing.