Lesley Mensah of Network Rail returns to former school Denbigh for first Career WorkOut

Lesley Mensah, who has worked as an Operational Planner at Network Rail for 3 years recently attended Career WorkOut at Denbigh School.

 “I have a background in teaching and love inspiring young people, so the Career WorkOut sessions naturally appealed to me. As a BAME employee, I am passionate about letting young BAME (especially female) students know that there is a place for us at big businesses such as Network Rail. Growing up, I didn’t believe that ‘people like me’ did the job I currently do, and I am proud to be part of the change to that narrative”.

 “I attended the WorkOut at Denbigh School (which is actually the school that I attended as a student and as a member of teaching staff!). The sessions involved a ‘speed-dating’ style set up, where groups of 3-5 students had 6 minutes to ask me any questions about my career, and then rotated. These ranged from what I studied in school, what the interview was like, to my day-to-day duties”

 “The students in these sessions are currently in Year 9 and faced with choosing their GCSE subject options. I can remember how stressful making the ‘right’ choices can feel, so it was rewarding to be able to ease some of their worries. Most of us end up in careers we never planned or studied for! Young people are inspiring, inquisitive and bright.  I was impressed with the calibre of questions I received”.

 “My job can sometimes be high-pressured, so taking the time out to take part in the WorkOut was great. I was often asked if and why I enjoy my job. I told myself to try and think of a different answer each time, which left me with a much needed reminder as to how important and great my job is! I have recommended it to all of my colleagues”.