Where are they now? Jack Brentnall

A brand new feature for our blog comes direct from US in Schools Mentoring:

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?’. Jack Brentnall, a mentor in 2015/16 and 2016/17 at Sheffield Park Academy, Firth Park Academy, and Parkwood Academy, checked in with the team and here’s what he had to say:

Jack Brentnall - 15-16, 16-17Where are you living?

What are you doing/have you done so far in your career?
Working in PR and lobbying in the property sector. I’ve helped launch our company’s second office in Cambridge and worked on some major development projects across the country.

How did being an US in Schools Mentor help you decide on a career pathway?
Talking to the students about their own career aspirations helped me to reflect and think in more detail about where I may end up – I realised that I should just take the advice I was giving to the kids and find something you enjoy.

What skills did you develop as an US in Schools Mentor?
My time as a mentor helped me to develop my leadership skills and organisation by giving me the responsibility of organising sessions with a variety of students with differing needs and interests. During my time as Lead Mentor I was also responsible for running a team and managing events, something that has been particularly useful with transposed to the world of employment.

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming an US in Schools Mentor?Do it, you won’t regret it. It is hard work – you can’t just turn up and go through the motions like most jobs. The kids are depending on you and the sessions you have planned so you need to be on the ball and aware of their respective needs. It is incredibly rewarding and seeing the changes in the mentees over the year and knowing you have helped in that regard is a great feeling.

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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