Jay MacDonald from St Andrew’s RC High School in Glasgow shares how his internship at Will Rudd Davidson helped him prepare for the world of work.
Internships are so important for helping people my age prepare for the future. We don’t all have the opportunities that students from private schools and more affluent backgrounds have, so the paid internships which Career Ready provide helps to put us on a more level playing field.
Before I joined the Career Ready programme, I didn’t have much self-confidence or know much about the world of work. Thanks to the mentoring I received from Brian, who works at Will Rudd Davidson, and my internship, I’m now more confident and motivated about my future.
The best part of my time at Will Rudd Davidson was being able to meet new people and develop my team working skills. My colleagues supported me throughout my four-weeks and always helped me when I had any questions about anything. Visiting the construction sites was also a fantastic experience. I think the biggest impact my internship had on me was that it showed me what working in civil engineering is really like.
Although I enjoyed my time at Will Rudd Davidson very much, it helped me realise that a career in civil engineering is perhaps not for me after all…it’s saved me from a studying a course for five years which I would’ve turned out to hate.
My new plan is to study law at university, as I find subjects such as English much more enjoyable than maths and physics.
Getting involved with Career Ready is something which I’d recommend to any student who has the chance to join. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and it’ll change your life and help you achieve your aspirations.