“As American author and businessman Zig Ziglar said: “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” Find a mentor,” – Sir Richard Branson.
We asked one of our graduates, Helene, what it’s like to have a mentor…
“Looking back to September 2015 when I started the commercial operations grad scheme, I feel (I’m sure as other grads do) that I’ve learned a huge amount in a short space of time – forgive me for the cliché, but it’s true. Of course much of this learning and development has been a product of my roles and line managers. However, in parallel to this I’ve also been developing a less familiar skill set to me and way of thinking, thanks to my mentor – a structured and tactful approach to career management and personal development.
There are lots of benefits but to name just a couple, my mentor has helped me develop a better understanding of where I want to be in the next 2 to 3 years and as a result, I know which skills I need to develop to get there and where in the business I can learn these. So everything I’m doing is for a greater purpose if that makes sense! I’m also becoming increasingly more self-aware about how I want to make an impact and find myself being much more proactive in getting feedback and making opportunities for myself.
I can’t stress how valuable having a mentor is in better navigating your way through the frenetic world of Virgin Media, as a grad.”
Remember: you don’t have to be in a senior role to be a mentor. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, you can mentor someone else.