Tilly Franklin, a Director of Investments, Alta Advisers
Although my own role is quite specific, I have a number of general and transferable skills and experiences; for example, helping the corps members put their CVs together, conducting interview training, supporting them in considering different career options and building their confidence.
I’ve really enjoyed the mentoring element of my involvement. As well as giving money – which is very important to City Year – professionals can also give their time to support an individual corps member, which is really rewarding on a personal level.
I saw the volunteer I mentored grow in confidence during the period in which we worked together. I was able to help him see some of the great skills and qualities he possesses. He is personable, articulate, numerate and has so much going for him. You’re often not told you’re articulate at school – but being able to walk into a room, hold people’s attention and talk in an engaging way is a real skill.
We used to meet around once a month at my office or in a café. We started by talking about his career options, then worked on preparing his CV and practising interview skills. We also corresponded when he was applying for a range of different jobs, and I’d help by reviewing his applications. However, he was very respectful of my time.
The experience has made me realise that you can sometimes have the most impact on people by being positive. I believe that it has made me a better mentor within my own organisation and, without being too melodramatic, a better person to work with.
I’d definitely recommend the programme.