Becoming one of the first mentors to sign up for the 2022 AYP Mentor Scheme, Mark Russell has been committed to supporting the development of a young professional in Aberdeen. And along with that, we’re delighted that over the course of this past year, Mark, an established Business Development Manager, has taken a lot out of being a mentor & part of the scheme himself.
“With over 30 years of Sales, Marketing and Business Development experience, I felt that the time was right for me to impart some of the skills and knowledge that I have built up over this timespan and share it with some of the younger salespeople coming up through the ranks today. I mean, why have all those skill and knowledge and do nothing with it?”
Mark was paired up quickly with a mentee, that like Mark when he was starting out, was looking to navigate their way through the challenging world of sales, business development and hitting targets.
“My mentee & I meet on an almost weekly basis. We’ve been working on numerous areas of both personal and business development, and it’s been great to see how they’ve been taking what we discuss and use it immediately. I’ve been able to take into account some great sales successes in both of our careers and also some not-so-great sales moments and how to learn from these going forward. Every situation is an opportunity, and my mentee’s approach to this and commitment to the scheme & their own development has made this a joy to be a part of.”
Throughout his career, Mark had supported people in this before, but this was his first foray into direct mentoring.
“Being a mentor has benefitted me in many ways. One of which being taking some of my past big sales and contract wins and putting them into context with today’s marketplace for Dean. As any good mentor should do, I have also learned from my mentee. A classic example of “teaching an old dog new tricks”. (Metaphorically, of course 😉) It’s also good for me to reflect on some of these past successes just to remind myself what I have achieved over the last 30+ years and what they all meant to me.”
Finally, some advice from Mark for anyone looking to become a Mentor and support the development of young professional in the North East?
“I would highly recommend it to everyone, as it is very rewarding, and both the mentor and mentee will learn during the process. I would recommend a structured, but not a classroom approach. This engenders a more relaxed approach and atmosphere for both parties.”
Since 2016, the Aberdeen Young Professionals Mentor Scheme has been bringing people like Mark & his mentee together to support their career development and contribute to the success of businesses in the North East of Scotland.
Our Mentors and Mentees will be publishing blogs as they progress through the AYP Mentor Scheme