Support Young People: Read David's Story

David joined our employee volunteering programme at Zopa, determined that the younger generation would receive better careers advice than he had.


Written by David Stevens, Future Frontiers Volunteer Coach


I remember well the first time I had career guidance. I was fourteen and just starting out on my ‘O’ levels studies. The world of work even then seemed very far away, if not a little daunting.


Despite the number of years that have passed since, I can still see the Careers Officer in his tweed jacket now, as he constantly mopped his brow while he just talked and talked.


He talked about factories, shift patterns, clocking on, production lines, weekly pay packets from which union subs would be deducted. Starting at the bottom, making tea then in ten to twenty years perhaps rising to shift foreman.


David and the Future Frontiers cohort at Zopa in 2019

I was deeply un-inspired and I remember thinking “Is that it? Is that all there is out there?”


So when Future Frontiers presented me with the opportunity to coach pupils about career opportunities, I jumped at the chance. I was very pleased when I was selected and enthusiastically read the materials and set up my own job search account.


"I thought back to my own careers advisor and I was determined that whatever happened, I would do much better that."

Of course, I was still a little nervous about doing something I hadn’t done before and the huge responsibility that came with potentially having a big impact on a young person’s life. I thought back to my own careers advisor and I was determined that whatever happened, I would do much better that.