My second mentoring session took place on campus as Alan had business in Birmingham that day. I found it a lot easier to talk to him this time as I had already gotten the nerves of the first introduction out the way. As the first session was more about getting to know me and what career I wanted to pursue, this meeting was more about beginning to organise specific actions I would need to take to get me heading in the right direction.
My second meeting with my mentor came at the end of a stressful week in the life of a 3rd year Economics student. However, the session was a great success and I would definitely consider it to be the highlight of my week. Jane is so open, honest and easy to talk to. In this session we discussed my dissertation, networking and achieving a ‘work-life balance’.
I have first met Luciana in November, in London at Portcullis House. I was very excited and nervous about the meeting. I had to get there about 30 minutes earlier than the meeting because there is airport style security at the entrance (you know you are meeting a really important person when they have to check you twice before you enter a building).
After my first meeting with Baroness Patience Wheatcroft I came away with lots to think about, as well as some achievable goals to focus on.
4th November 2015
After a few informal emails with Sarah Cox, I had luck on my side when I visited my sister in London and arranged a meeting with her at (very) short notice. She squeezed me in for a breakfast meeting at 8am the next day, at the Department for Work and Pensions headquarters.
One of the best things about Alumni mentorship is that there is always a chance that your mentor will still be in and around Birmingham which happened to be the case with my mentor, Sam Decombel. Luckily, this made it very easy for us to schedule a meeting over email at the Mailbox just before she headed to an awards dinner nearby.
I have now been mentored by Dr. Rowan Hillson for almost 5 months and already her help and guidance has proved invaluable. Continue reading
Since I last met with Cilla in November time, I’ve confirmed the details of my week’s work experience at AMV BBDO, started to update my CV and LinkedIn profile in line with her suggestions, and tried to focus on some of the advice she gave me. One of the main things Cilla had told me to focus on was my attitude towards things. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but Cilla taught me to strive for excellence rather than perfection. Thinking about things in this way has definitely helped with the academic stress of final year. Continue reading
Within the first week back at University for my final year I already had an email from Valerie’s Secretary Lottie arranging my first meeting. In mid-October I went to the BBC offices in Birmingham where I was greeted by Valerie’s business partner Amanda Brettell. Amanda showed me around the offices and we had a quick chat about uni and my career aspirations whilst Valerie was finishing off a meeting with a client.
Although I was apprehensive, Valerie instantly put me at ease by welcoming me with a big smile. Continue reading
After the tense waiting game that is the highly anticipated first email, things actually felt real. That for my final year of University, I would be mentored by Alan Davey, previous head of Arts Council England and now the controller of BBC Radio 3. I was eager to get the ball rolling, so we arranged for me to come down to London for a face-to-face meeting at Broadcasting House.