Welsh entrepreneur and property developer Mandy St John Davey last week gave an inspiring talk to Year Six children as part of the Cardiff Commitment Open Your Eyes Week 2017.
Aberdare born Mandy purchased her first house for just £8,000. She has single-handedly built up a multi-million pound property business from scratch. Today she also mentors and coaches individuals with a passion to build their own property portfolios.
Mandy, who lives in South Wales, was thrilled to receive the invitation to raise the aspirations of 10-11 year olds.
“It was a privilege to go into the classroom at grass roots level and talk about what I do and what I’ve achieved. Not everyone is academic, it was important for me to explain just how vital skilled workers such as builders, bricklayers, plumbers and electricians are to the future of Wales. Also I wanted to emphasis the importance of engineers, surveyors and architects.
“Likewise with girls, I wanted them to know there was a potential world beyond an office job or working in the beauty industry. While there is nothing wrong with either employment fields, I wanted them to think about all possibilities. Having grown up in the South Wales valleys I know firsthand how difficult it can be as a teenager to carve out a future.”
The Open Your Eyes 2017 week is a careers initiative created by Cardiff Council for the city’s primary schools. The scheme has been launched to inspire young pupils and ignite their interest in a wide range of occupations.
On Tuesday June 27, Mandy spoke for an hour at the Ninian Park Primary School. Other speakers at the day-long event included attendees from the BBC and the RAF.
“It was fantastic being able to plant the seed with them that through hard work and determination they can achieve anything they set out to do. I believe that it’s important to share my knowledge and experience with others. Mentoring is a big part of what I do.”
Mandy is an active member of the South Wales branch of Women in Property which campaigns throughout the UK to increase the number of women entering the property and construction industries. She’s also a mentor with the Prince’s Trust.