Darrell Thomson, a Senior Counter Fraud Specialist in the NHS, is a Career Ready mentor to Jamie. Here, he shares his Career Ready experience and how he has Jamie develop the skills, confidence to kick-start a successful future.
My family originally came from West Lothian and I wanted to do something which would give back to the local community, and this seemed like a great way to do it.
Like most of the young people on the programme, I had no idea of what I wanted to do when I left school. I was never really that sure I would get the required grades to go on to university or college and I would have loved an insight into what work was all about.
Mentoring Jamie has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done and something I’d recommend to anyone looking to volunteer – it’s easy to do and doesn’t take up much of your time.
The biggest impact I think I had was increasing Jamie’s communication skills and general confidence. By the end of the first year and the summer internship, there was a notable change in both and he was better equipped to make an informed decision about what he wants to do next with his life.
Being able to see this change in Jamie was perhaps the most rewarding part of my whole volunteering experience. I watched him come into the organisation on day one of his internship as a quiet young man, and leave a confident, self-assured person four weeks later.
I would recommend mentoring with Career Ready because you can make a lasting impact on the young people on the programme.