Mosaic is delighted to announce our Hero of the Month for September 2015 is Jodi Hamilton.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
A desire to give back and share my learnings and experiences, to be a sounding board and non judgemental ear. Also to change the status quo for local young adults enabling them to optimise opportunities presented and apply themselves confidently. I also appreciate how I can use the sessions to develop myself as a person, to be open minded and inclusive.
Why did you feel it was important to open up the opportunity to your colleagues?
Because I believe in it and can see and appreciate the benefits both internally and externally for the business – why be selfish!?
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
Seeing students engage with the content of the session, play the Enterprise Challenge game and feel a sense of satisfaction in completing a year of positive trading. It’s that light bulb moment when they see that “I can do that!” or “I just did that!”
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
Don’t ever make assumptions, listen before you talk, and share, show and act on your emotional intelligence.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
It’s human nature to want every single person in the room to engage, when that doesn’t happen, for whatever reason, it can be disheartening. That’s when I tell my business brain to kick in and I think about the 80:20 rule.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
The question makes me feel like I should put something special, but I’ve begun to see every day as special so I like daft dancing in the lounge, singing out of tune, ferrying my mini me here and there – she has a much better social life! Washing ironing, cooking – taking pride in my family and home… just normal stuff sprinkled with lots of fun.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Absolutely – join in, you’ll get so much out of it as will those you share time with.
What makes a good mentor?
A great listener, coach and all round communicator. Commitment and the ability to put other people first some times.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
Amazing, and a real surprise. When I told my little girl she said “Is that like me being “Child of the Week at school? I suppose so I answered. “Well done mum, I’m proud of you”. Where have I heard that before??
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
Do you have any other personal reflections on the programme?
I’d like to say thanks to my colleagues at One Advice Group for supporting the volunteering and mentor opportunities that are available to the Group.