Lola Aleyideino, an Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service Ltd., is a Career Ready mentor to Suchona Rahman. Here, she shares her Career Ready experience and how she has helped Suchona develop the skills, confidence and experience to kick-start a successful future.
I got involved with Career Ready because it’s such a simple way to have a major impact on a young person’s life. It doesn’t take a lot of time, just the commitment of a few hours each month. It is straightforward to bring them to the office and help them by showing them what you do and framing it in terms of what they study or have in mind for a career.
The whole experience is very rewarding. I have been inspired by all the young people that I have mentored and it does make you realise how there is such a big difference in the life opportunities available to different people. I’ve learnt from my mentees and I’ve been able to see how hard they work and how they resilient they’ve had to be through difficult times.
The biggest impact I think I’ve had is simply being someone that’s prepared to listen without judgement - being there to bounce ideas off, discuss career plans with without judgment, and provide information and encouragement is really important in helping a mentee achieve their goals.
When I think back to when I was young, I wish that I had someone independent to talk about my career dreams without judgement or expectation - I’m essentially doing what I wish I had when I was younger!
The most rewarding part of the whole experience is when your mentee says to you, “thank you for taking the time to see and help me” - you get that emotional reward of seeing and hearing the difference you’ve made to that young person’s life, however small.