The Big Ideas Day – a mentor’s perspective

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We always invite our business mentors to give us feedback after they have mentored on a Big Ideas Day, so we can see how the experience was for them, and learn what is working well and what could be improved.  Allow me to present some comments from one of our new North England & Scotland region mentors, who works for our partner SGN; Kate O’Hara.  She mentored on the Big Ideas Day at our first Scottish school, Biggar High School in South Lanarkshire, and sent us this feedback:

“It was clear from the start how organised and prepared S4TP are.  The training I received beforehand was very beneficial in helping understand what was expected of me on the Big Ideas day, and you [Jess and Jen] are clearly very experienced in running a full day of activities, your ability to manage a roomful of young people who are new to all this was impressive to say the least, nothing phases you!  The day went well because there was a clear path right from the start to where you wanted the teams to be at by the end of the day, all done in manageable phases.

I really liked the What Engineers Do film – everyone should see this, it took the myth and mystery away!  You were kind enough to give me credit as an engineer and on more than one occasion said that it was great that I could be there, and I noticed you never once said female engineer!  I don’t really link my gender and my job role and neither do my colleagues.  It’s only outside work that to some people it can seem like something different or special which it really isn’t, so what you said and how you said it was very much appreciated and I felt got just the right message across to those taking part.

I would be happy to keep the momentum going and attend the follow up sessions, there is so much real life experience that the participants can get from completing this process.

I would definitely recommend taking part in this process to other engineers to give them assurance that the next generation are being shown how much opportunity is available to them, how they would otherwise be made aware I really don’t know so it’s vital information you are delivering here.”

Thank you for this encouraging feedback Kate, and we are very happy to have you on board!


Answers written by: Kate O’Hara, E&I Projects Manager (Scotland), SGN

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd.