Mentoring scheme is picture perfect for aspiring artist and businesswoman
Hani Hammam – Greenwich Campus
What were your initial thoughts before the mentoring scheme?
Initially, I applied for the mentoring scheme to enhance my CV. The plan was to find myself a good job alongside my full-time study and to also build my confidence.
I then became doubtful as I thought the scheme wouldn’t really be convenient for me and might disrupt my studies.
What was your experience like during the scheme?
Nothing like what was expected. My mentor became my ‘go-to’ person and I trusted him for professional and career advice. His wide ranging skillset and expertise helped me develop my critical thinking skills, interrogative skills and my creativity.
I was able to look at things a lot more differently and properly weigh up the pros and cons of a situation before finalising on a decision. As time passed, I was more willing to take risks with every activity, with passion and determination.
How has the scheme helped you?
The scheme was great. I have become a lot more confident than I was and achieved the grades that I wanted – despite dedicating some time for being mentored! It was a lot more flexible than I thought. The scheme was convenient because I was able to skype and email my mentor whenever I was unable to attend.
Gradually, I’ve attained a good idea of what I wanted to become in the future and this was a major reason for taking part in the scheme. I wanted to be able to answer (without over-thinking) that one question everyone seemed to ask during my time at university – what do you want to become?
A lot of things came to mind but I was unable to pinpoint this before the scheme. Within six months, I was able to realise that I wanted to become a painter. However, I did not want to abandon my specialism in business as it is a subject close to my heart.
Right now, I plan on pursuing a career in either field and later on combine the two to get the best of both worlds.
What advice would you give for current students thinking about taking part in the scheme?
Take on any professional mentoring scheme offered. The scheme does not disrupt your learning but teaches you ways of adapting. Nobody chases you up, but if they do, it is all for your own good.
Students should also bear in mind that a mentor will not make decisions for them and will only assist them in establishing an in-depth analysis of various paths they are considering.