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Daniel’s story

Daniel’s story

I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do after GCSE and I had no idea where to start. I was interested in aviation, zoology and conservation but after that I was lost. I didn’t know if you needed a degree or an apprenticeship and I wasn’t sure which path to choose. Mentoring was a very useful tool to help with this; it gave me a push to start looking at new things.

Me and my mentor had some conversations the week before the project in my school started to get to know each other. He sent over links to university websites and helped me with my revision and my confidence. It was great to talk to someone with a different perspective on how the world works. I really felt like that external voice showed me the way.

I liked how it was all online so I could reply on the way to or from school and it didn’t take up too much of my time.

He kept reminding me to stick with it and you’ll eventually reach your goal, which I thought was good advice. He said anything is possible if you put the work in. After talking to my mentor, I felt happier with my choices and less stressed. I wouldn’t have the confidence to be on the path that I’m on if it wasn’t for the confidence mentoring gave me.

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Daniel’s story

I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do after GCSE and I had no idea where to start. I was interested in aviation, zoology and conservation but after that I was lost. I didn’t know if you needed a degree or an apprenticeship and I wasn’t sure which path to choose. Mentoring was a very useful tool to help with this; it gave me a push to start looking at new things.

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