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.