Day 295- Megan, 25, Edinburgh

Megan is currently working for Standard Life, and is very active, playing and coaching netball in Edinburgh. Megan is originally from England but moved to Edinburgh for work in 2015.


Which young Scot inspires you?
I have recently partnered with the charity career ready through my work. This is where I meet young people who have proactively put themselves forward to be mentored. They might not have a huge amount of support at home but are really keen to develop themselves and their skillset. I am so impressed by their use of initiative and want to do well. You often see or hear young people being branded as having a lesser work ethic, but these young people want to learn and they want to achieve something.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I have lived in Edinburgh for three years now and it has been the best decision I’ve made. The city itself is brilliant; it has everything you could possibly want, right on your doorstep. I love that within a few hours, you could be up a Munro or swimming in a loch!

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Although the world is moving and changing at such a fast pace, sometimes in ways that don’t feel positive. Young people are at the forefront of progressive movements – We are an ever more inclusive society where people are allowed to be themselves without fear of reprisal. As a female, this is incredibly important to me. Not that long ago, It would have been a legal requirement for my employment to be terminated had I chosen to marry. My place would have been seen as ‘in the home’ raising a family and not in the workplace. Having the equal opportunity to be independent, especially financially, I think is a significant step in the right direction. I think the older generations would want that for their daughters and grand-daughters.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement was receiving a place on a national graduate scheme. At the time I was working in a small town in England for a local estate agent where the progression in the company was limited. I never felt I was particularly capable of a graduate scheme so building the confidence to apply and then to be offered a place felt like a huge achievement for me. It was a massive confidence boost and it also brought me to Scotland.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
Ooh, this is tough! My main aim is to have a successful career in an area that is important to me. Currently working in finance, you can definitely feel like a cog in the wheel. So for me, exploring my interests further where I can have a tangible impact is what I would like to achieve. 

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Have confidence and believe in yourself – There are so many reasons right now why young people don’t feel good enough about their lives because of social media. There is so much self-doubt circulating – I’m not clever enough, I’m not good enough for that job or I’m not good enough to be with that person. Having that self-belief is half the battle to achieving what you want and feeling good about yourselves.

If Megan’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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