Mentoring a young person is probably one of the most rewarding things you can do.
Who are you?
My name is Darrell Thomson and I’m a Senior Counter Fraud Specialist in the NHS. I mentor a student, Jamie, from Broxburn Academy.
Why did you decide to volunter as a mentor?
I heard about Career Ready through my Head of Service. Career Ready had been discussed at the Senior Management Team and he thought it would be something that would be of interest. I read the information he had been sent and decided it was for me.
I would have wanted a mentor when I was in 5th year. Like most of the young people on the programme I had no idea 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.
My family originally came from West Lothian and I wanted to give something back to the area, and this seemed like a great way to do it.
What have you enjoyed about being a mentor?
Mentoring a young person is probably one of the most rewarding things you can do. It’s easy to do and it doesn’t take up much of your time.
What impact do you feel you have had?
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.
What did you find rewarding?
Seeing Jamie flourish over the internship. I watched him come into the organisation on day one a quiet young man, and leave a confident, self assured person four weeks later.
He was also better equipped to make an informed decision about what he wants to do next with his life.
I would recommend mentoring with Career Ready because you can make a lasting impact on the young people on the programme.