Steps Ahead is a free national one to one mentoring programme for jobseekers aged 18-30 and parents or carers of any age who are looking to return to work. Our mentors come from 25+ sectors and are here to help with practical advice on everything from polishing your CV to building up confidence ahead of an interview.

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My first meeting was really nerve wracking for me. I thought, 'Oh, what's my mentor going to think?' But I turned up and she was so great. She was so welcoming and completely put me at ease. We just talked about what I wanted out of the mentoring scheme and what kind of path I wanted to take.

Alice - Young Jobseeker, Liskeard, Cornwall.

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Speaking to a professional who recognised my ability, skills and potential, gave me a lot of confidence. Also having professional guidance and mentoring on how to answer key questions in terviews was very useful. The mentoring sessions have allowed me to reconnect with the person I was before my career break. I feel much more confident and aware of my capabilities from the mentoring I recieved.

Shabana - Parent returner, Manchester.

I thought my CV was good to begin with but Katrina [my mentor] made me see things I hadn't even considered. It was a great help to analyse how the language I had used would be portrayed. Katrina would take me through mock interviews and ask difficult questions so I was well prepared and confident in my answers when it came to interviews and assessment centres. I have no doubt that Katrina's mentoring was a massive contributor to securing a great job I wanted.

Stuart - Young Jobseeker, Musselburgh, Scotland.

My mentor helped me and tailored all my sessions to what was most beneficial to me. In between he sessions she was available to contact over email for any questions that I had. It was useful hat my mentor worked in HR. She helped me to break down the job description and what key points to pull out and include in my application and cover letter.

Keisha - Young jobseeker, East London

Having someone to check-in with every week helped me stay accountable for my progress and set goals. Doing even the smallest things, whether it was tweaking my CV or exploring all career options and then being able to discuss it, was really effective.


I didn't know what an employer expected. I'd listed skills, but Samantha explained that I needed to show what I'd learnt from my experience and that's what I had to get across. My CV was really improved by working with my mentor.