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Professional Mentoring Success Stories

Background

Milad Lakani is our First Class Honours degree graduate in MEng Mechanical Engineering degree from School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering in 2009. He has been working for major global Oil & Gas companies in countries such as UK, Azerbaijan, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Kazakhstan and Kuwait. We are delighted that Milad is our Professional Mentor at City’s Mentoring Scheme.

Why become a mentor?

You may wonder with so much on my plate, why should I put aside even more time to mentor someone else? The answer is mentoring doesn’t just benefit mentees, it can and does benefit mentors in myriad ways.

I believe my motivation for mentoring began developing since my involvement as a student ambassador for four years in various activities such as Mathematics tutoring, hosting Lunch & Learn sessions and Engineering Summer Schools. When you become a mentor for the first time, you rarely appreciate the immense sense of personal achievement and satisfaction that you can get from supporting another human being.

Becoming a mentor will lead to experiences and challenges that you can't begin to anticipate when you start the process. In helping others navigate the issues in their work lives, you’ll undoubtedly look at your own life and work processes and often find yourself changing some number of them for the better!

Why should mentors and mentees commit to regular Continuing Professional Development activity?

I am a strong advocate for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The benefits of committing to regular CPD are many both for yourself and for your employer. It is a personal responsibility of professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current so that they can deliver the high quality of service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of customers and the requirements of their profession. CPD helps to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a competitive employment market.

What are qualities of a good mentor?

As a Professional Mentor, I think it’s important to stay committed to help my mentees find success and gratification in their chosen professions. Overall good mentoring requires empowering the mentee to develop their own strengths, beliefs and personal attributes. When you share your knowledge with mentees, you challenge them to “think differently”. In doing so, you spur their personal and professional growth. You may also connect them to others in your organization or network who can open doors for them. A good mentor possesses excellent communication skills and can adjust his or her communication to the personality style of the mentee.

How could a mentee benefit from a mentor?

My advice to my mentee is to ask your mentor about their experiences and learn from their stories. Good mentors can remember what it was like just starting out in the field, so use their experience to your advantage. Remember, the positive attitude must go both ways. Ask your mentor about his or her experiences working with their team, ask them about how they navigate sticky situations, and ask them about how they got to where they are. Always be true to yourself, believe in yourself and never give up on your passion no matter how hard things get. You have to power through the tough times and always believe in your dreams, they will come true!