Stephanie is career ready

Monday June 3rd 2019


Stephanie Hartley is pictured being presented with the Midlothian Student of the Year award by Sandy Macdonald, head of sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A Midlothian pupil has had a life changing experience and also won an award thanks to a national charity that links employers with schools.

Career Ready opens up the world of work to young people by arranging mentoring, paid internships, workshops and workplace visits. It has helped hundreds of students across Scotland. In Midlothian both local and national employers have supported Career Ready students.

Beeslack, Lasswade, Newbattle, Penicuik and St David’s RC High Schools were all involved in the 2017-19 Career Ready programme. One of the students who has benefitted from the programme is Stephanie Hartley from St David’s. She was given the opportunity to take part in a paid internship with mentoring at the University of Edinburgh.

Stephanie’s progress saw her named ‘Midlothian Student of the Year’, at a recent Career Ready event held to celebrate student achievements.

Stephanie said:

“My experience with career ready was life changing as I was given so many opportunities to discover what work and further study is like. This boosted my confidence and reassured me about all the unknowns I may face in the future. Winning the award has really encouraged me to fully achieve my ambitions and go to university. The award will remind me to never give up as great things happen through hard work.

Commenting on the award, Anne Wexelstein, Director Career Ready for Scotland said:

“The Standard Life Aberdeen Student of the Year Area Award recognises students who have ‘journeyed furthest’ as a result of their Career Ready experience. Stephanie developed massively during this programme and the skills and qualities she has accrued will I’m sure stand her in great stead for the future. She is a wonderfully positive individual who has used her experiences to her benefit.”

Stephanie is now planning on attending university and developing a career in the scientific field.

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