Courtney mentored with us between 2018-2019.
She has some great advice for future mentors and shared her favourite memories from mentoring!
What is your professional background?
Why did you decide to become a mentor?
I’ve always been really passionate about working with young people and have always been so inspired by their energy and enthusiasm so though mentoring would be a great way to inspire and be inspired.
What skills did you gain through your mentoring role?
So many! Mostly a lot of patience but also and what it means to truly listen. It can be easy to listen but not really hear what someone is saying but mentoring taught me how important it is to take the time to truly hear and understand what it is someone needs!
Why do you think it is important to become a mentor?
There’s so much we can offer young people as adults but we take for granted how much they can teach us too! The experience of mentoring can be challenging but so much fun and incredibly rewarding for both you and your mentee!
What was your favourite memory or activity from mentoring?
My mentee really loved to swim and we took some terrifying jumps off of a diving board (I was scared but she certainly was not)! But my proudest moment was when she learnt to ride a bike! It was one of the goals we set and after waiting month for the weather to get better we finally achieved it! A few weeks later we even had a race and she beat me!
What’s your top 3 tips for future mentors?
Be open minded, you can never predicted what your mentoring experience is going to be like!
Set goals and stay focused! Mentoring is so much more rewarding for you and your mentee when you’ve got something to aim for!
Enjoy every moment, the year goes by so quickly!
What advice would you give your 10 year old self?
Don’t focus on small losses! Because you’re going to have some big wins!