Mentoring case study: Tobias
1. Why did you decide to become a mentor on the Aspire mentoring programme?
For me it was about giving back. I’ve been in the same situation as my mentee and when you’re at that age you don’t always know what you want to do. Regardless of the career they go in to, this programme is focused on developing skills they’ll need. I’ve had a lot of people help me get to where I am through programmes like this, so it’s great to be able to share my insight.
2. Have you seen a development in your mentee’s skills since the programme began?
He’s grown in confidence, but I don’t think he realises it. Yes, he’s got a lot to learn, but he’s been able to identify what he’s good at and the areas for improvement. He’s been extremely committed to the programme, even making sure to rearrange a session that I couldn’t make.
3. What skills do you feel you’ve been able to develop as a result of being a mentor?
I’ve learnt to be more open-minded. It’s funny because I’m not that much older than my mentee and our views on things are very similar, but there are still differences. As much as I’ve guided him, he’s definitely helped me to build on my skills and knowledge too.
4. What has been a highlight of the programme for you?
Being able to see my mentee’s improvement. He started this programme without a CV. Now he has one that’s well-structured and he knows how to maintain it. Seeing him grow in confidence has also been key for me. I saw such an improvement in his presentation skills over the past few weeks because he took my feedback on board and applied it. He’s made me want to do this again.
5. Would you recommend mentoring to others?
Now I’ve had the opportunity to do this and be on the opposite side, I’d definitely recommend it. I’ve learnt there is a lot of organising needed from myself as well as my mentee. Give it a go. There’s nothing to lose. You’ll only gain from the experience.