It will almost be a year since I started volunteering with Career Ready as a mentor for sixth formers and it’s been a very interesting and rewarding journey.

The thought of dealing with teenagers can be very daunting (I can just about handle my own) but, after the initial couple of sessions, they do loosen up and engage. They do after all choose to sign up for the programme so they do want to be there with you.

The main aim of the programme is to help students decide how they want to progress when they finish senior school and to give them the confidence to pursue what they are interested in.  

All is expected of you help them prepare for exams and the world of university or work by advising them on exam and revision techniques, by helping them draft their personal statement and CV and by practising interview skills. 

I will never forget how my mentee’s face lit up when her personal statement literally doubled in length and relevance by adding information she had not thought would be important to mention.

My mentee comes to my office once a month so I don’t even need to spend time travelling to her school.

It may not be for everybody, but I would highly recommend this experience if you have a spare hour or two a month and if you want to give volunteering a go.