Case Study Description
One EBP has been working in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for many years to train their staff to mentor Westminster students. Mike Mullins, a PwC mentor for three years, gives his thoughts on the programme.
Why Did You Decide to Become a Mentor?
There’s a point in your career when you start to think about giving back. One thing I enjoyed in my role at PwC as a coach and facilitator was seeing people develop. If I give something to those individuals, what about people outside of PwC and in the community who are less confident, less privileged and need some support? It’s also quite selfish, because I get a kick out of it.
Has it Met Your Expectations?
Yes and surpassed it, as I find it immensely satisfying. Particularly there are times when you think what you’re doing isn’t having an effect but then 6 months later or year later and you’ll get an email saying thanks for all your help. I’ve been able to get into university and have an internship place. So it’s incredibly rewarding to know that your work has helped build their confidence and helped them to achieve.
What Do You Enjoy Most About Mentoring Young People?
Getting to know young people, what young people are experiencing now, the pressures they’re under. (I think they have more pressures now than I did as kid), Secondly seeing them grow. They’ll often come in and won’t have much eye contact, not terribly articulate, overawed by challenges they face in terms of a-level, university or career choice. Just seeing them grow in certainty and awareness of who they are, increasing in confidence, and self belief, that they have a lot to offer and have strengths; that is brilliant. Thirdly, them getting out there in the world and starting to do what they want to do is inspiring.
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