This time a few years ago Dale Wylie was preparing to start his summer internship with Career Ready. Uncertain about what he wanted to do after finishing his A-levels at Ellowes Hall Sports College in Dudley, his insight into the world of work at Virgin Trains provided him with a whole new outlook on how to fulfil his career aspirations.
His experience on the Career Ready programme gave him a more professional attitude and a new-found confidence in his abilities. He was successful with his application to become a Red Track Crew Member at Virgin Trains and is now half way through his programme and en route to a BA Hons in Business Management from Manchester Met.
“I had little idea what I wanted to do when I left sixth form and when you are 16 or 17 years old it’s so easy to get side-tracked. I’d heard about the Career Ready programme and because I enjoyed my Business Studies course I decided to apply. I can’t believe how far I’ve come thanks to the experience,” said Dale.
Dale’s mentor, Lee Patrick from Mazars, helped him to focus on what he wanted to do, and Dale soon realised that he wanted to get on the career ladder and start earning money. “I realised that even though I’d always thought university was the right path for me, I wanted to get on the career ladder and earn while I learned. When the opportunity came up to apply for the Red Track programme I jumped at the chance and it inspired me to work harder on my studies and to aim higher,” said Dale.
Since graduating from his Career Ready programme, Dale has volunteered to become a mentor to a pupil at his former school. Speaking about his motivation at the Let’s Do Business roadshow in Birmingham last month, he said: “I’ve been given an amazing step up in my career and I couldn’t think of a better or more rewarding way to give back than by mentoring another student at my old school. I’m hoping to give her the same kind of confidence I gained on the programme and encourage her to make the most of all the opportunities that come her way.”