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Mentee to Mentor at PWC

I was fortunate enough to be allocated a mentor over 7 years while I was a pupil at The Charter School, and I can certainly say that I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the mentoring scheme! I always knew I wanted to make something of my life and get through University, but coming from a family where no one had previously gone through University or worked in the field I was interested in, my family always struggled to give me the advice and guidance that I needed.

  

Through the mentoring scheme, I was set up with a lady from PwC who was working as an Actuary. The meetings were initially intended for her to help me with my Maths GCSE and assist me with any Maths questions I was struggling with. She met with me once a fortnight at her office and I always left the meetings in awe of the company and determined that one day I would work for a professional services firm like PwC.I found my mentor’s time very useful as she was able to go through questions with me that the teacher did not have enough time to go through. I eventually ended up with an A* in Maths!

Following my GCSEs, I went on to complete my undergraduate degree in Management Sciences at LSE, where I achieved a First class honours and came top of my course; I then completed my Masters in Finance from the University of Cambridge. I then achieved my ambition of working for PwC and am currently working in Audit towards my ACA (accounting qualification) – I have currently sat 10 out of 15 exams and am due to qualify in 2015.

I kept in touch with my mentor as we always got on very well, and I am still in touch with her today.She has acted as a life coach to me, and has given me very helpful advice regarding important life decisions I have faced – such as deciding what course to choose at University, and whether to accept my offer to do a masters. The fact that my mentor was already in the field of work I was interested in was particularly helpful as she was able to offer me very useful advice. She has been a very supportive figure throughout my life, and I feel like my achievements are partly due to her. I can guarantee that I would not be where I am today if I had not been introduced to her, and for this I will always be grateful.

This is why I decided to become a mentor myself – in order to pay the favour back. It is funny that I am now working at the same firm as my mentor and that I have been set up with a pupil from my old school – I think history is repeating itself! I look forward to establishing a relationship with my mentee, and I hope to act as a supportive figure in their life in the same way that my mentor has been for me. I am very grateful to the mentoring scheme – thank you so much!

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