I initially found out about the AYP Mentoring Scheme when I read a blog on LinkedIn from one of the mentees from the 2016 programme. Laura’s account of her professional relationship with her mentor sounded exactly like what I was looking for. The fact that the programme was closed to applicants didn’t stop me from contacting Steve White and registering my interest. I hit it off immediately with Steve and we both felt confident that the AYP Mentoring Scheme would be of benefit to me both personally and professionally.
The last three years have been a bit of a whirlwind career wise; having transitioned from junior doctor to charity volunteer to charity manager. I have great passion and enthusiasm for my current role and wanted to be the best possible manager for this very worthwhile charity. This is my first managerial role and I felt that I would benefit from a mentor to help steer me in the right direction. I have actively sought out mentors both formally and informally, but still felt like I hadn’t found what I needed to be truly successful and happy in my role.
I felt like I had hit the jackpot when Steve called to tell me that he had ‘matched’ me with Colette Backwell, CEO of CLAN. My mum has worked with CLAN as a therapist for many years so it is a charity very close to my heart and Colette’s background across the public, private and third sector really impressed me. I was apprehensive before our initial meeting as I have had bad experiences with managers in the past. I think this meeting lasted nearly 2 hours, where we shared our relative career histories and the highs and lows we have both experienced. I found Colette very easy to talk to, and appreciated her honesty and openness in describing her own experiences. I have always been a very honest person, at times this has been to my detriment, but found it refreshing to be able to speak to someone without needing to be careful about what I said.
I have met Colette a number of times since our first meeting and the most valuable thing she has taught me is to have confidence in myself and the importance of personal resilience. For the first time in my professional career, I feel like I have someone who understands me as an individual and as a manager. As busy as Colette is, she always finds the time to talk if I need to, whether face to face or on the phone. She has been invaluable recently when I had a work issue which was really stressing me out. She provided practical advice on how to tackle it; using facts not emotions to get my point across.
I have always struggled to ask for help, but feel now that if I need advice in future, I will have the courage to ask for it as I realise that it is in fact the strong thing to do. I feel very lucky to have Colette as a mentor and look forward to working with her in future.
I couldn’t write this blog without mentioning Steve, who in my head is always wearing a reindeer shirt, which is what he wore in our first meeting in December last year! I feel like I have two mentors as Steve has given me some really sound advice and is another person I know is just on the other end of the phone if I need a chat. Thank you to everyone involved in the AYP Mentoring Scheme, it has made such a difference to my life and I hope one day that I might even be able to repay them by becoming a mentor!
I have been aware of AYP for a number of years. It captured my intrigue and interest but I continued to watch from a far without taking the plunge and getting actively involved.
During my early career, I have been fortunate to benefit from a number of formal and informal mentor and coaching relationships. During my time with Strategic Resources and Proserv, mentors have helped me understand my strengths and, more importantly, recognise my ‘opportunities for development’…I used to call these weaknesses! I recognise how their counsel and advice has positively affected my development and remain grateful for this support.
The AYP mentor scheme was therefore naturally attractive because of the positive mentoring experiences I’ve had to date. What particularly excited me, however, was the idea of a completely new viewpoint from someone who did not know me or the company I work for – an objective, agnostic, fresh standpoint.
The other main motivation for applying to the programme was because I had recently undertaken a management role, responsible for a small team. In order to support and develop my team in the best way possible, I wanted to ensure I was a stronger best version of myself – which meant not just realising my shortcomings but doing something about them!
Upon applying to the programme, I was blown away by the standard of mentors AYP had been able to attract and knew I would benefit from working alongside any of them. Before reading Stacy Edghill’s bio, her name was already familiar to me. I had seen Stacy’s presence on social media, recognised her name from delegate lists at networking events and seen her name in the media. One of the reasons I identified Stacy as the mentor I most wanted to work with was because many of her strengths are areas which I find challenging. The skills, however, are key to my role and critical to my career development.
Stacy has taken time out of her hectic schedule to learn about me and what I am hoping to get from the programme. We have already started working towards achieving these goals. I am just at the beginning my journey on the on the mentor scheme with Stacy but I already see the benefits it is and will continue to yield.
I am delighted I finally pushed myself to get involved with the programme and look forward to continuing to benefit from Stacy’s support and guidance.
I first heard about the AYP Mentor Scheme through LinkedIn and I immediately thought this is something that I’d be able to benefit from.
I initially met with Steve White, Subsea Operations Advisor at Apache North Sea (also an AYP Mentor) who was very helpful in providing me with additional information on the mentor scheme and how to apply.
I attended the AYP Ball in March 17 where I had the opportunity to meet previous mentors and mentees, discover more about the mentor scheme and how worthwhile it had been for both parties.
I’ve been working in Recruitment for almost 5 years within the Oil & Gas industry, and I’m at a point in my career where I want to push myself and do the best to my ability, and thought who’s best to learn from than Ross Jolly himself – AYP founder / Director of Deemount Consulting and UAV (Drone) company Aeroserv.
I approached Ross to be my mentor as I’m looking for a role model, someone I can look up to in the recruitment industry. As he’s an experienced global recruitment professional, having both in-house and contract recruitment exposure, I believe his guidance and support will be highly valuable whilst sharing both knowledge and past experiences with me.
I was fortunate enough for Ross to agree to be my mentor and we got a development plan in place and started almost immediately back in April. So far Ross and I have been working on recruitment strategies, best practices, and building my confidence - with lots more to learn along the way. I’m prepared to learn and progress throughout the mentor scheme, receiving regular feedback, whether it’ be positive or constructive.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ross for his time so far, and I look forward to working with him along the way.