January’s winner of Hero of the Month is Nabila Zulfiqar.
Nabila Zulfiqar has mentored with Mosaic for several years, with this year seeing her focused as a Secondary School Programme mentor.
As part of her mentoring activities, Nabila facilitated a World of Work visit in November and is planning a follow-up visit at The Solicitors Regulation Authority, where she works.
She has also undertaken an inspirational speaker slot and completed a fitness challenge for Mosaic raising over £500.
Feedback from Nabila’s fellow mentors at Saltley School has been glowing.
Mentor Becky Mitchell said:
“Nabila was a fantastic mentor and support to the rest of the team. Her manner was professional and friendly with the pupils and she also had a sense of fun which the students warmed to. Nabila planned and led on sessions, which were both well received and thought out. I enjoyed working alongside her and hope to do so again in the future.”
“Nabila was a great to work with. Very approachable, calming and capable which made it easier for me as a new mentor to join the programme. She is a great mentor because she connects well with students and is a great role model because she gives a positive image of a successful professional woman.”
Teacher feedback to Nabila’s mentoring skills has also been extremely positive. Ms Calcutt, Link Teacher commented about Nabila’s inspirational speaker talk. She said:
“I just wanted to let you know how well today went, Nabila’s presentation was excellent and the girls were fully engaged.”
Feedback from the students and teachers after Nabila’s World of Work visit at SRA in November 2014 was also a great success, gaining feedback of 100% excellent amongst the teachers.
What programme have you been mentoring on?
The Secondary School Programme.
What school did you mentor in?
Saltley School in Birmingham.
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
My mother, who believes in education, acquiring knowledge, doing your best at everything you do and motivating others to do the same.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
Seeing a year 6 pupil who was very timid and shy speak at the end of the 6 week mentoring event in front of a room full of parents, mentors, peers and other pupils.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
That you need to be patient and we do make a difference at some point in a mentee’s life.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
Building up a relationship with the pupils.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
Director and Chief Adjudicator at the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- Appointed by Privy Council as a Member of the Architect’s Registration Board
- Member of the Academy for Healthcare Science Regulation Council
- National Chair Anti Discrimination Panel – Football Association
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
What makes a good mentor?
Commitment to sharing personal ambitions; aspirations and supporting pupils to think about what their skills, values and abilities are.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
Pleasantly surprised and it is very nice to be recognised. I don’t think I have done anything particularly special to deserve it as I enjoy doing it and would like to do more.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Never limit yourself and always be curious and ask questions. Know what your values are and find a role that will make you happy.