October 2016 – Winner

This month's award goes to...

Laura Coates from Clyde & Co who is a Business Mentor at Stepney Green Sixth Form.

Laura has been mentoring on the programme for 3 years, and over the three years she has been a mentor to 5 mentees in total! (Year 1 - one mentee, year 2 – two mentees and year 3 - 3 mentees!). She has been an ambassador for the programme and has shown great commitment to supporting and encouraging the students from the offset. Laura has gone over and beyond to support the students, she has been a dedicated mentor and this year a highlight for her was having one of her mentees in the office for work experience.

"Over the 3 years that I've been mentoring it's been great to see the students develop and become more confident during the course of the programme. One of the students this year applied for work experience at my firm, and he was really ambitious and switched on. It's so positive to see that kind of energy and focus in young people as they start planning their careers, and their enthusiasm for the future is infectious."  Laura Coates

Laura's mentees have also passed on great feedback – in their own words, below is what they had to say:

Shuaib Ahmad, Stepney Green School:

Shuaib described Business Mentoring as helpful, supportive, and motivational. He said ‘it helped me be more confident and organised’. Additionally, he said he would aim to gain more experience and take more opportunities as a result of Business Mentoring.

Shuaib felt the programme could not be improved, and would recommend it to other students. Finally, he felt his ambitions for the future had become greater by the end of Business Mentoring.

Abdur Rahman Al-Musaab, Stepney Green School:

Abdur said he ‘liked when all the students and mentors went to create a video for the Tower Hamlets competition’ and felt he was better at communicating with people.

He also said he would be more able to write a good CV and be confident in visiting new venues.

Abdur found the process supportive, and feels more independent as a result.

Miqdad Anam, Stepney Green School:

Miqdad said his mentor was ‘very useful, welcoming, and extremely helpful in giving advice and supporting him throughout Year 12’. He particularly felt the scheme had made him consider subject choices and university choices he hadn’t thought of looking at before.

Miqdad found the programme interesting, enjoyable, and supportive. He feels he has better knowledge of career opportunities and is better at communicating. He is more independent and can plan and organise his time better.