Saeed is a former mentee with Mosaic. A fifteen-year old teenager who lives with his extended family, he found out about Mosaic through a teacher at his school. Citing a need to develop his confidence, especially in the run up to his GCSE examinations, Saeed initially met with mentors in the school canteen every three weeks, eventually enrolling himself on the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge. Benefitting from the guidance of successful entrepreneurs and business mentors, Saeed explained that the Mosaic Programme “gave us a feel for the workplace…taught us about leadership skills and how to work in teams.”
Having finished third in the 2010/11 competition, Saeed noted that the initiative had gradually helped him to think about “all the different things I could do…developing my own independence”. He explains that the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge was really good because “you got to meet and compete against students from across the country, allowing us to work in groups, while pitching ideas to business leaders in London“. An aspiring business and economics student that is seeking a career in the media, Saeed now portrays himself as “no longer shy but more confident and optimistic” about the future.
Asked what advice he would give to others wishing to take part on the scheme, Saeed was adamant: “Go for it; take any opportunity because you never know where it will lead… Mosaic mentoring is brilliant.”