We asked one of our brilliant mentors at Bristol law firm Irwin Mitchell to give us the lowdown. Here’s how the conversation went!
Why did you offer to mentor in the first place ?
It’s very important to encourage and lead those who are more junior and younger than ourselves. I have personally benefitted from mentoring and I think it is an effective way to raise aspirations and help young people achieve their potential.
What’s the best bit about being a mentor ?
The best bit about being a mentor is seeing young people overcome challenges and barriers and begin to believe in themselves. It is very rewarding to see people develop into their skills and abilities.
Any surprises or anything you weren’t expecting from being a mentor ?
I am always surprised at how fast progress is made particularly with regard to self-esteem and confidence.
If you were to recommend to others – what would you say ?
It is a great privilege to mentor somebody and be a positive role model in their life. You may never know the full impact of the mentoring relationship, however it is greatly rewarding.
Thanks to Irwin Mitchell and all their business mentors for doing so much for local young people!