Where are they now? Adam Fields

Here at Mentoring Towers (more commonly known as the Arts Tower), the US in Schools Mentoring Team caught up with some previous Mentors after wondering ‘Where Are They Now?’. Adam Fields, a mentor in 2013/14 at Serlby Park Academy checked in with the team and here’s what she had to say:

Adam Fields 13-14Where are you living?
Oxford

What are you doing/have you done so far in your career?
After graduating with a BSc in Geography in 2014, I spent two years working as a Volunteering Coordinator at the University of Derby Students’ Union where I looked after their student fundraising programme, a university engagement award scheme and part of their volunteering offer. I’m currently working at Oxford Brookes University as a Widening Participation Assistant where part of my role is coordinating an online mentoring project!

How did being an US in Schools Mentor help you decide on a career pathway?
My time as an US in Schools Mentor directly influenced my decision to work in Widening Participation- as a Mentor, I learnt how sustained outreach work can positively impact the lives of young people, and as someone from a non-traditional background in Sheffield, the project cemented my aspiration to be involved in implementing widening access schemes.

What skills did you develop as an US in Schools Mentor?
Sitting down with five young people you’ve never met before and starting a conversation can be daunting! US in Schools helped me to develop my confidence and communication skills when speaking to young people. It also gave me the chance to show to employers my time management skills and ability to be punctual, as we always had to be in the taxi for 09:30 sharp outside the Students’ Union!

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming an US in Schools Mentor?

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a huge difference to the life of a young person in the local area- the students you’re working with are at an important transitional point in their lives, and having an US in Schools mentor makes an enormous difference. Your mentees will be able to gain an insight into attending university, something they may not have had previously.

If you are a current TUoS student and want to find out more about becoming a mentor visit our recruitment webpage: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/outreach/ambassador

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