Business Development Manager Dean began with the AYP Mentor Scheme in January 2022 and was quickly paired up with a suitable mentor. As someone who was keen to make progress in his career, he felt that working with a mentor would benefit him.
“I feel that no matter where you are in your professional career you can always benefit from having a mentor. In nearly every role I have been in, the owners of the companies have had mentors and to me you can always learn something new or get a new viewpoint you have never thought of before.
Naturally when I saw the post go up on LinkedIn about the AYP Mentor Scheme, I jumped at the chance as the calibre of mentors was exceptional and felt confident that I would develop as a result.”
When starting out with his mentor, Dean was open minded to how it would progress but had two main areas of his development that he wanted to focus on.
“The first way was in a professional sense. I wanted to be able to bounce ideas off my mentor and get advice and opinions. They bring a different viewpoint to the table and hearing their experiences allows me to adapt my own way of working.
The second way has been in a more emotional sense. My mentor is an advocate in mental health first aid, and it has been great to talk about it with him. His experiences have allowed me to look at the industry I work in differently and focus more on people and how things impact them.”
Starting off with a mentor, even if you’ve worked with one before, can be a big step. One that takes a lot of effort, commitment and doesn’t bring immediate results. Being Dean’s first venture into this, it’s been a rewarding experience.
“The thing that surprised me most about working with a mentor was how easy it was to feel comfortable with them. Very quickly we had a great connection and can happily talk about most topics.
If you are looking to work with a mentor, there’s no harm in having a look to see what’s out there. The worst-case scenario is that you don’t click with a mentor and that’s alright not everyone is going to be a perfect match.
Also you will not only be getting advice from your mentor but you will also be helping them in the process with fresh outlooks and ideas.”
Our Mentors and Mentees will be publishing blogs as they progress through the AYP Mentor Scheme