Mentoring case study: Taheed

1. Do you feel you’ve developed any skills as a result of this programme?
I’ve gained confidence and an ability to manage the interview process well. My mentor has given me insight into his experience and that’s helped me adapt to the challenges I face myself. 

2. Have you learnt anything about yourself whilst on the programme?
At the programme's graduate event, I had to present to a large audience, which is something I've never done before. I learnt that I can do it, but need to work on controling my nerves better and keep cool.

3. Do you feel you’ve gained insight into the working world, having spent time in a professional setting?
I’ve seen how efficient it is. People tell you what it’s like, but by being here I’ve got a really good feel for it. I’ve seen how professionals act in the workplace, which has taught me how I should act if I wanted to work somewhere like this. It’s helped me narrow down what job I’d like to do in the future.

4. What is it you want to do in the future?
Well, before I knew I wanted to have a professional role but I now know that I'm interested in corporate finance specifically. 

5. What has been a highlight of the mentoring programme for you?
Meeting my mentor. From the start I felt comfortable talking to him and asking questions about his career. I knew that if I had any problems it would be alright and I could talk to him.

6. What advice would you give to someone considering being mentored?
I’d say just give it a go. You’ve got nothing to lose. You're only going to gain from the experience. 

Taheed mentee

Read about what Taheed's mentor Tobias has gained from the experience.