Tanjima is currently in her final year at City & Islington College, studying politics, history and English literature at A Level. In her spare time she enjoys going out with her friends, to the cinema and shopping, as well as reading novels of different genres. She started the Mosaic mentoring scheme when she was in year 9 of secondary school, around 13 years old. Whilst happy and confident at school, Mosaic mentoring was recommended to Tanjima by a teacher as a good way to learn more about prospective careers and gain new skills: “the mentors would give us an insight of their careers and it would be a good opportunity to write about it in our personal statements”.
After an initial presentation by mentors from legal professions, the students were allowed the opportunity to select a mentor whom they felt they got on with, and then got to know each other better. Rather than worried about what would be involved, Tanjima was enthusiastic: “it was really exciting because I liked hearing about what they did, it was really inspiring.”
Meeting one-on-one every two weeks or so, Tanjima’s mentor would come to the school and discuss her work with her, as well as set her tasks:
“I remember once she told me to write about my hobbies and what I wanted to do and then to present it to my class. I was really frightened, I didn’t really like stuff like that and she encouraged me to do it. We organised it together and how I should write it up and present it to my class and it was actually really good. I enjoyed it and it actually gave me confidence too.”
Tanjima has recently reconnected with her mentor in an effort to learn more about studying law.
“I didn’t have to worry about [getting back in touch] because I know that she is really kind and […] I wanted to know a bit more about her career path and what she had to do to become a barrister.”
Tanjima’s experience of Mosaic mentoring was very positive, she appreciated being able to add something productive to her personal statement, as well as some of the advice that her mentor gave her: “She said, if you want something you should work really, really hard”.
Tanjima has decided to study for a career in law, something she credits to her mentor. She is now applying for university law courses:
“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do and I remembered the tasks that I participated in secondary school – and when I visited my school I remembered the mentoring scheme and from there I thought that I actually wanted to study law and become a lawyer.”
She is planning to continue meeting with her mentor, and hoping she can help her make future decisions on what type of law to specialise in.
Tanjima recommended Mosaic to her friends, many of who thought it was a great idea. She advises that, if anyone is offered a scheme like Mosaic, then “they should take it and be part of it because it will actually help them and it will open different paths for them.”