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?’. Victoria Worthington, a mentor in 2014/15 at Westfield School, checked in with the team and here’s what she had to say:
Where are you living?
What are you doing/have you done so far in your career?
I am now completing my MA in Sheffield, but for the last two years I have been working as a teacher in primary schools in Islington, North London.
How did being an US in Schools Mentor help you decide on a career pathway?
Being a mentor gave me valuable school experience which is a necessity for all teacher training programmes! I also got to meet with lots of school staff including teachers, support staff and careers advisers, which gave me a better understanding of the range of roles available in the education sector.
What skills did you develop as an US in Schools Mentor?
I worked with pupils from Year 8 through to those in Year 11, so I learnt how to communicate with students of varying ages and backgrounds. Being a mentor also requires great organisational skills; arriving at school on-time, setting achievable goals, and updating and maintaining your records.
What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming an US in Schools Mentor?
If you are interested in a career in education then becoming a mentor can give you a taste of school life, as well as creating some valuable contacts! If teaching isn’t for you, then mentoring can also be a great way to meet other university students studying different courses and a chance to work in the wider Sheffield community.
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