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Nurturing future talent

As a team we have taken part in many different mentoring programmes because we believe that we all have a role to play in nurturing the talent coming into our industry, particularly talent that is local to our head offices in Bristol.

This year we have been working with mentoring programmes where mentees are supported by members of the different teams within Speed. Here is a little look at what Nic, our consumer associate director, and Rusty, our digital account director, have been up to.

UWE Bristol’s Equity Mentoring. We have supported this programme for the last three years, since it was first developed, to help Black, Asian and minority ethnic students overcome the barriers that they face and support them in building confidence and developing skills to succeed in their chosen career. This year, I have had the pleasure of working with Kyesha, a Media Culture and Communication student looking to pursue a career in comms. I spent four months working with Kyesha answering her queries and supporting her through the steps she was taking to seek her first job. We worked on what her strengths were and how she could apply them to different roles as she tried to figure out the right route to take. The fantastic news is that since we finished working together, she has taken not one but two different internship roles in video production and social media management: two areas she was desperate to get experience in.

I loved working with Kyesha and watching her confidence grow and she truly benefited from the programme. In her own words “I’ve gained so much from our mentoring sessions. You’ve truly helped give me an extra push of confidence, prompted understanding of what I might want from a career, and shared insights of how this could look if I went into PR. Thank you so much for all of the time you’ve given to me”.

Kickstarter mentoring. We are supporting this scheme for the first time this year and are currently halfway through a mentoring relationship with a marketing assistant from a design company. The scheme is designed to support young people who, for many reasons, have been recently unemployed and are now taking on a new role. As a mentor, my role is to support and encourage the candidate through tasks and challenges. His role is largely in the digital space, so I have been able to offer advice specific to the role as well as general confidence building and being a sounding board for ideas and concerns. The relationship is still developing but I am looking forward to seeing him develop in skills and confidence over the coming months.

The massive success of these two candidates is why we know mentoring matters and are committed to developing and nurturing young talent coming into the wonderful world of comms!

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