Mentoring case study
Mentee name: Eniitan
Q. How did you feel when you first met your mentor – where you nervous?
A. No, I wasn’t nervous, I was actually excited. At first I thought I’d be paired with a young employee at the company, but I was actually paired with someone older and wiser!
Q. How has your mentor been able to help you develop?
A. My mentor is always telling me to smile because that will help get me through a lot of things. She’s also helped me with goal setting.
Q. Have you learnt anything about yourself whilst on the programme?
A. I’ve learnt to be myself.
Q. Do you feel you’ve gained insight into the working world, having spent time in a professional setting?
A. Yes, and what I have learnt I feel I can apply to other programmes and events that I take part in. In the summer I’m going to spend time at EY on work experience, so I’ll be able to apply what I’ve learnt over the past couple of months.
Q. What has been a highlight of the mentoring programme for you?
A. Presenting at the graduation event, but also meeting my mentor for the first time.
Q. What advice would you give to someone considering being mentored and would you recommend the Aspire programme?
A. It’s definitely a good thing to get involved with. You’ll get advice that you’ll be able to use in the future, even if you’re not sure what that looks like yet. It will also help prepare you for future interviews and develop insights.
Mentor name: Joanne
Q. Why did you decide to become a mentor on the Aspire mentoring programme?
A. I was aware of the programme happening last year so when my manager asked if I’d like to be involved, I jumped at the chance. I wish this kind of programme ran when I was leaving school because I was completely lost. There’s so much choice out there.
Q. Have you seen a development in your mentee’s skills since the programme began?
A. She’s much more confident. She’s thinking more in terms of her presentation skills and what should be included on her CV.
Q. What has been a highlight of the programme for you?
A. Meeting my mentee. She’s always got a big smile on her face. Seeing her at the graduation event was definitely a highlight too – watching her present to a room full of strangers and doing so well.
Q. Would you recommend mentoring to others?
A. Definitely do it. It’s really rewarding. You’re rooting for them the whole way through. You just want to help them and give guidance.