As we celebrate National Mentoring Day today, we speak to nmcn’s design engineer Gareth Burr about the importance of mentorships, and how his early mentors helped shape the way he works with new graduates today.
Gareth started at the business in 2013 as a graduate engineer after completing a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham and taking a gap year where he worked at his local church.
He was appointed two mentors who gave him valuable tips and advice during his first years as an engineer.
He said: “When I started at nmcn I was given two mentors – one to support me getting my chartership and the other was my line manager, who supported me for nearly three years, helping me progress in my day-to-day role.
“I worked directly with my mentor on lots of projects before being given my own projects to work on. He would review my work and then give me any feedback, so I was constantly learning and progressing from his support.
“My chartership mentor was with me for nearly six years and helped me with every element of the chartership, which required proof that I’d confidently achieved different attributes to the right level, a 5,000 word report on a project, a presentation and a written exam.
“Thanks to the support of my mentors, I’m now a design engineer leading civil engineering teams to develop solutions, and I’m continually progressing in my role by taking on more responsibility. I also successfully gained my engineering chartership.”
He added: “I really valued my mentors and their support and guidance has helped me achieve my career goals so far.”
Gareth says he is proud to be a mentor for the next generation of engineers.
He said: “I think it’s really important for new engineers to be supported, we want them to stand on their own two feet, but for them to know that somebody is always there to offer support and guidance. It’s especially important this year as we are currently working remotely.
“I check in with my graduate engineer daily, not only on a work point of view, but on a personal level too as social interaction is lost when working from home.
“I use the same processes my mentors used on me as I think they worked really well. I’m also mentoring two trainees working towards their chartership.”
He added: “Mentoring is really rewarding, it’s great to give something back. It’s really nice to see them progressing within the business and growing in confidence. Mentoring is definitely beneficially for both parties.”
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