Fernando Nunes, a Power Systems Engineer at General Electric, is a Carer Ready mentor and winner of the Standard Life Mentor of the Year Award 2017 for Wales, the West and the Midlands. Here, he shares her experience of mentoring Ahmed and how he has been able to give him the skills, confidence and experience to kick-start a successful future.
I wanted to become a Career Ready mentor as I had career mentoring support myself during university, so I’ve been able to experience first-hand the impact it can have. I wanted to share this impact and help a young person develop essential skills and enhance the job opportunities available to them.
My time as a Career Ready mentor to Ahmed has been extremely fulfilling and rewarding for both of us. Being a mentor means supporting future talent and exposing young people to the world of work to help fill the skills gaps businesses are experiencing, especially in the engineering sector. On a personal level, I’ve also really enjoyed nurturing the next generation of highly qualified professionals, which is crucial to building a stronger and more reliant economy.
I can't imagine having had a better mentor than Fernando – he always made time for me and directed his attention towards all the things that would help me develop as a person.
Being awarded the Career Ready Mentor of the Year Award feels great but – for me – the biggest prize is to see Ahmed get a job and grow as a person. I would do it all over again just to have the opportunity to see another young person start their professional career on the right path.