For the past seven years I have worked for an organisation in Castlemilk, Glasgow called CEDA (Castlemilk Economic Development Agency). I started there on a youth enterprise project; I had to encourage more young people to think of self-employment, to provide advice and training to young people aiming to start up in business and to provide aftercare support to those already in business.
Over the intervening years I have moved on to other roles with CEDA, many of them involving training, until my most recent project of providing motivation and confidence-building techniques to people to enable them to look at self-employment as an option. This morning I gave notice to CEDA that I had decided to move on to something new. This evening I attended a networking event for half an hour. In that time I was offered work helping with training young business people, which will replace my work with CEDA. What do they say about “when one door opens…”?
Last week I was involved with a colleague from Glasgow’s Business Gateway provider in delivering training in presentation skills and report writing to a group of about sixty Young Achievers, that is senior school pupils taking part in Young Enterprise. Anyone who spends any time with these young people cannot help but be inspired. They give me great hope for the future.