Lucy Naughton & Coral Riddell
Lucy and Coral’s stories demonstrate the power of mentoring. With Coral’s help and support, Lucy has regained her self-belief and is now in a job she loves.
Struggling to find work, Lucy lacked confidence and wasn’t sure which direction she was going in. After completing a Get into course with The Prince's Trust, Lucy got matched with progression mentor Coral to help her with the next steps of her journey.
"The more interviews that went by without success, the more disheartened I became. I felt more useless and worthless and had very little self-confidence. However, this all began to change when I got involved with The Prince’s Trust."
"After completing the get into Administration and Customer Service course with AEGON, I was successful in securing a 12 week temporary contract with the company. The programme really challenged me, took me out of my comfort zone and gave me so many transferable skills that I now use on a daily basis."
"To support me with my progression and next steps, I was put in touch with Coral, who became my mentor. We met up regularly to talk about how I was doing and discuss different ways in which I could reach my goals."
"With Coral’s support and encouragement I went on to secure my new and current job as a Visitor Assistant and Guide at the Scotch Whisky Experience, next to Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile. Looking back, I would never have believed that I would have had the confidence and belief to be able to deliver tours on a daily basis for up to 25 people, up to five times a day."
"Throughout my journey Coral has been by my side and someone I could turn to for advice. She’s been amazing, supportive and always happy to talk when things weren’t working out. She has truly inspired me and her mentoring has helped me to discover who I am as a person and how to follow my heart in everything I do."
"I would like to say a huge thank you to Coral and The Princes Trust for helping to transform my outlook of life in more ways than I could have imagined or predicted. Today, I feel more positive, have developed self-confidence and believe in myself again."
"I began mentoring Lucy in February 2017. We talked about how she felt about herself and her career plans and we used our sessions to create space to think about what Lucy really wanted to achieve in her life and what her passions and interests were."
"Lucy recognised that mentoring is a two way process and I value the fact that she always turned up on time and was open to sharing her ideas and thoughts with me. Lucy also worked hard, taking responsibility for her decisions but asking for help when she needed it. She would often come back to me and update me on her success, which is a brilliant buzz for a mentor."
"If there was a week when things hadn’t gone so well for Lucy, we would talk about her feelings and look at strategies to overcome any potential barriers. As a mentor I find it really fulfilling to see someone grow in confidence and begin to unlock their passion and potential."
"I have always been fascinated by the results that can be achieved from working with a mentor. In my experience, it’s the conversations between mentors and mentees that start to challenge beliefs and assumptions that we make about ourselves which help us move forward and achieve amazing things."