Mentee Lauren Baxter, has been part of the scheme since the start of 2022 & we got to find out more about how she’s been getting on.
“I wanted to be paired up with a mentor as I wanted to develop the skill set that will allow me to excel within my current career, alongside growing my professional network within Aberdeen. "
"I also wanted to help my confidence grow, so I got in touch with AYP and since being paired up with my mentor, it’s been helping me achieve just that”
A Talent Attraction and Research Consultant at Executive Search company, FWB Park Brown, since July 2021, Lauren wanted the experience of working with a mentor to directly benefit the work she does, along with her own skillset.
“My confidence has improved significantly. I have also become far more strategic I believe in how I approach/execute my work and am willing to explore that ‘out of the box’ thinking, where I would doubt myself greatly before. I have also pushed myself to further expand my knowledge of the sectors I predominantly work within. I’m proud of myself for what I’ve put into this, but know a lot of this is down to working with my mentor”
We’re aware it’s a big step for someone to call out and ask for support. Naturally, you can feel nervous or apprehensive, especially when discussing some more personal aspects with someone that you might not know before your first meeting. Lauren was no different but pushed past any reservations.
“I am far more able to push myself and overcome major doubts than I used to give myself credit for! I had major issues with imposter syndrome (and at times still do) but I am far better equipped to control it and reinforce to myself that I have worked hard to get where I am and deserve to be there.
My advice to anyone that’s on the fence about working with a mentor would be to just go for it! It’s important to have an initial meeting to make sure the match is right as it is crucial that both mentee and mentor are on the same page and will get on. For me, that’s been crucial in ensuring the relationship is successful, and I’ve been able to implement and thankfully achieve the goals we’ve set”
If you are keen to develop your career and believe that working with a mentor will help, get in touch with us at AYP and we can chat you through how the scheme can benefit you.
Our Mentors and Mentees will be publishing blogs as they progress through the AYP Mentor Scheme