Mentoring can change a young person’s life, but also changes yours

I love knowing I have helped make a difference.

Who are you?

My name is Diana Barclay and I’m a PA at Search Consultancy. My mentee, Ashley West, goes to John Paul Academy.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a mentor?

I heard about Career Ready through our MD Simone Lockhart who is the head of the Glasgow board.

I saw the difference the programme makes at the Career Ready graduation ceremony and I decided to get involved. I decided I would like to be there for someone to help them on their journey into the workplace or university.

What did you enjoy about mentoring?

Mentoring a young person is very rewarding. I love knowing I have helped make a difference to a young person’s life. Even if I have helped in the smallest way, by being there to ask questions or acting as a sounded board, then I am happy I have been able to help Ashley.

What impact do you feel you’ve had?

The biggest impact I think I had was on Ashley’s self-confidence. She has come out her shell since I have known her and she has really flourished into an amazing young lady.

Did you experience any personal rewards?

I believe my confidence has increased as well as Ashley’s. It was great knowing someone values the time and knowledge I am giving.

I would recommend mentoring with Career Ready because it can change a young person’s life, but also changes yours.