A CAVERSHAM volunteer mentor hopes to continue helping high school students discover career pathways beyond 2017.
Jarrad Mahon (33) will participate in children’s education charity The Smith Family’s iTrack program for the fourth year.
The iTrack program supports students in years 9 to 11 from disadvantaged communities to choose their post-school pathways.
Mr Mahon said he wanted to offer his mentees the education and career support that he did not get in high school.
“I thought that if I had a mentor to help me then I would have found my passion a lot earlier because I went and did engineering and followed in my dad’s footsteps,” he said.
“I ended up changing to business and I just wish that I got there earlier.”
Mr Mahon said this year, he and the Year 10 student he mentored shared one-hour online chat sessions over seven to eight months.
“Because his grades were suffering, he was really disconnected and once we found and worked out a path for him, his grades all started to lift and he actually had a reason to be in school,” he said.
Mr Mahon said he enjoyed mentoring and it improved his leadership skills at his real estate business.