“I had limited exposure to professionals when I was at school,” says Lisa Hathway, Principal Land Quality Engineer at NHBC. “But I do recall being encouraged by those I did encounter. I’ve never forgotten those people who inspired me. I hoped that, by volunteering for a Career WorkOut, I might be able to do the same.
“We have a skills shortage in the UK and I really do believe that we all have a role to play in inspiring the next generation, irrespective of your role, level or profession.
“I have taken part in a few Career WorkOut sessions, both in a school and at the local YMCA centre, and I felt a great sense of self-worth on each occasion that I took part.
“I previously served as a school governor and so I know from first-hand experience the value of volunteers. When NHBC actively encouraged us to participate, I didn’t need to be asked twice! When I got back to the office, it reinforced the importance of reaching out to the community and giving something back.
“We are all on a journey and at some point we will have had to overcome challenges. Positively sharing your experiences with young people will help them to develop skills and give them confidence. You may also learn something about yourself in the process.
“I’m looking forward to my next session!”