Clare Thompson, Partner and Clinical Negligence specialist at Hay & Kilner has won a nationally recognised award for her role in mentoring a law student at Northumbria University under the Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Mentoring Scheme.
In what was a fantastic double achievement, Clare’s mentee Faegheh Jenabi, won Mentee of the Year for Northumbria University.
Supported by the CBI, The National Mentoring Consortium (NMC) is a spin-off organisation from the University of East London that aims to promote equality and diversity in graduate recruitment and enhance the employability of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students through the provision of tailored mentoring schemes for undergraduates. The mentoring programme is coordinated in this region by the Northumbria University Careers and Employment Team, who work in partnership with the NMC.
Taking part in the scheme as a mentor, Clare was responsible for building a relationship with her mentee, Faegheh, to provide her with personal development opportunities. By drawing up a Learning Contract to set out the objectives of the scheme and how Faegheh could achieve them, Clare was able to help her to develop skills such as communication, time management and self-confidence, which have prepared her for the graduate recruitment process and life after university.
Speaking of the support provided by Clare, Faegheh commented: “As a result of participating in this scheme I have become better equipped for dealing with the recruitment process in the future and have gained many transferable skills. Clare was an extremely supportive and reliable mentor; I could not have hoped for a better nor a kinder mentor. I would definitely recommend this scheme to others as I am certain that they would benefit from it immensely.”
Clare Thompson commented: “As a mentor it was my hope that I could offer some practical advice and insight into the legal profession to a mentee who was enthusiastic and willing to listen but also had her own ideas about what she hoped to achieve in participating in the scheme.”
“Faegheh brought all of this to the scheme and I have very much enjoyed the time which I spent with her. I would certainly recommend this scheme to others.”