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AtticusF aged 49
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Male , 49

Raised by a single mum with mental illnesses in a very unstable family situation.
Money was a struggle.
Nearly went off the rails many times as a juvenile.
Faced adversity, being made redundant twice. Had to leave UK to find work.
Been working as a lawyer for 25 years.

Life experiences

Career choices and preparation

I am a recruiter and can share lessons in what employers look for.

Dealing with adversity, being resilient

Already explained in "why do you want to become a mentor", above

Dealing with depression

First hand experience. This would not be clinical advice on depression but how to get help, not do anything drastic etc.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

Having grown up in very challenging circumstances and nearly lost all hope more times than I care to remember (and having contemplated doing very irreversible things as a result), I hope I have something to offer young folks facing similar challenges and that they may benefit from my experiences and how I learnt to be resilient. I worked as a defence lawyer at the criminal bar and often represented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who had got into trouble, so I have experience of dealing with them. My brother is an experienced counselling psychologist and I have learnt a lot from him about advising people facing adversity, so hopefully I can impart some of that. Basically, I had absolutely no advice or anyone to turn to on many aspects of life (career, how to support a mum with her own crises, money etc) when I was growing up (in fact, I was a carer from a very young age), and I could have saved myself a lot of heartache had I had someone to seek advice from.

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