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Macca
Macca aged 41
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Happy , Pragmatic , Confident

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Male , 41

I spent time in Africa as an Expat during my childhood up to the age of 11. Those formative years have had made me into the person I am today. Coming back from Africa and going straight into a pretty rough comprehensive in the midlands was a big shock to the system. I had to learn quickly to adapt and survive in a very different culture. I did....just. I made a mess of my GCSEs and had to go back to school to retake my exams. I doubled my efforts and worked hard at college. Feeling like I had a second chance at things. Even so I struggled to get work after college and when I did find work it was dead end work. I eventually landed a job as an admin clerk at a building society. It was a fantastic opportunity to grow. Since then I have had to keep educating myself outside work in order to move on. I now have a great job in the city in a private bank. It took a long time to get here and a huge amount of effort to get my life on track.

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Confidence

I know how to build confidence. I have personal experience of this and part of my career has been about coaching people on how to be more confident and sucessful.

Career advice

Becuase I have gone from having no job prospects to getting dead end jobs to a fantastic career in the city. I know what you need to do to get there.

Life advice

Life can be tough and sometimes complex and people need a sounding board. I have been lucky enough to have that and I think my life experiences may help others. Been there done that.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I have experienced self doubt and managed to overcome it. It's hard to stick to a path when all around you is pulling you in other directions. I know how difficult it can be to be out of work or feel like you can't break free of your surroundings. It is possible and focus on yourself and what you can do to help you is the key.

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