Mentoring has been something I have done at school and at University so when the opportunity came up to do it again at PwC I was extremely keen. I find it really rewarding to help others and tell them about my experiences, but I also find it really valuable and learn a lot from it myself.
Education is such an important part of growing up and so if I can help to contribute to the accessibility of any aspect of education or talk to young people about their career pathways or the brilliant opportunities at PwC then I will always try put myself forward to do so!
Before taking part I expected the mentoring to be in person – but sadly because of Covid restrictions we were limited as to how much we could meet in person. I was wondering how it was going to work online but Ahead Partnership have designed the programme really well and doing it virtually was easy. Ahead Partnership also gave us training in how to be a great mentor so I felt confident and supported from the start.
During mentoring sessions Ahead Partnership’s facilitator, Suzie, would kick us all off with a discussion or whole class-led activity and then we’d break out into smaller groups of around 6 students and 2 mentors from PwC. In these sessions we’d have to build on what Suzie had run through. Themes focused around resilience, workplace skills and preparing for interview situations to help the young people involved feel more confident and capable of building a strong future beyond school.