Two of our recent Graduate Mentors, Mitch Peake and Emma Nettleship, talk about their experiences of being a graduate mentor in this video. Mitch recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Computer Science for Games, and Emma completed her degree in Childhood Studies.

They found the experience very positive and a great opportunity to work with young people. Mitch found it gave him a powerful insight into the effects of the pandemic on young people’s lives and the difficulties they faced in missing schooling and having to re-engage with learning. Emma found that working in a cohort of other graduates gave her a support network and invaluable training in mentoring, giving her skills that she feels will be very useful to her in her future career. She explains that there is a lot of pressure on graduates to know what they want to do after graduating and that the programme gave her a bridge in her career, while building her confidence and skills.