Tell us about yourself
Having been at college and university I had become frustrated at the amount of repetition year after year and having the course I had wanted to attend being pulled forced me to leave university after first year with no plan what to do next.
For the next seven months I was attending the job centre and attended several work placements in industries I had no interest in. I was rejected and did not hear back from any jobs I applied for. Due to the amount of rejection I started to feel depressed and got in a rut, where I didn't see any way out. Finally, as I completed the end of my third work placement, I was told about the Learning for Life course. I applied and after two interviews the staff from Springboard decided to give me the opportunity to attend the course.
Since getting involved with Springboard has your life changed?
While on the programme I re-found the confidence that had been beaten out of me through my time at the job centre. It gave me a new sense of self value to the point where I believed I was actually worth something. Learning for Life also helped take away my fears about joining a brand new industry by giving me relevant work place experience, as well as invaluable qualifications. The programme gave me some amazing contacts in the industry who have helped me massively and continue to give me support when I need it.
What are you doing now and where?
After the Learning for Life course I was kept on by my placement provider for the first several months. I was also taken on by my current employer, The Scotia Bar, who allowed me to work between both bars for the first couple of months. Once I reached the desired standard, the manager at the Scotia offered me more hours of work and I was able to leave the other bar I was working in.
I love my job. I get to meet people from all over the world and I love my regulars. I was lucky enough to be asked to train as an Ambassador for Springboard and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have since represented Springboard at a fundraising event at The Savings Bank in Glasgow where I presented on the positive impact that Springboard had on my personal and working life. I was also shortlisted for the Fiona Colley Award of which I am very proud.
Now, after nine months, I am still with The Scotia Bar and I am also undertaking the Greene King Apprenticeship Programme, as it’s the first step needed to move onto the Management Development Programme.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I currently plan to improve on the qualifications I have within the industry. I want to increase my knowledge of all aspects of the industry, while working my way along the learning pathway within Greene King to build my experience and move towards management positions. I also plan to build on my work with Springboard and do as much as I can to help out at events and training programmes to try and motivate others to join the industry.
What tips or advice would you give someone considering their career options/getting involved with Diageo Learning for Life?
Just do it! Go with an open mind and get involved with everything you can. Keep in contact with Springboard after the course too for news of any opportunities you can get involved with or for any advice you may need.