Young Professionals engage with Industry Leaders at Speed Mentoring event

On June 14th 2018, the Constructing Excellence North East team alongside the Generation 4 Change co-chairs organised and hosted their first speed mentoring event in Newcastle. For two hours, young professionals engaged with senior professionals from the construction sector as mentors through consecutive meetings. This event was hosted in the lively Bealim House based within the heart of Newcastle’s city centre.

The evening was based upon mentees asking questions to the mentors trying to get a useful insight into their career progression, obstacles or challenges they have faced within the workplace and trying to get useful tips on how to get the most from your own development and from your employer.

Personally, I began with an introduction whereby I explained my path from leaving school and then asked the mentors to share their own journey’s and personal experiences. This short but easy task allowed me to understand that all pathways can lead to success and you aren’t hindered by choosing a route and then changing your mind later. The sector grows and develops daily so there is no reason why you can’t too.

The mixture of mentors ranging from legal representatives to construction directors and senior consultants allowed the mentees to experience and meet a diverse range of outstanding professionals who themselves were once on the other side of the table. Having this engagement at the beginning of your career can make all the difference to your aspirations and development.

A common statement from the mentors was to always have a target goal and keep a record of the work and projects you are involved with so that you can demonstrate where you have completed tasks requiring a diverse skill set. This displays that you are a driven individual that considers their own career development.

I would greatly recommend this format for anyone looking to organise a mentoring event. Meeting as many individuals on a personal level within a short space of time not only improves communication skills and relationships: but also allows maximum knowledge intake from leading professionals who are wanting to make a difference to the next generation of construction and the built environment leaders.

Finally I would also recommend this type of event for mentees as a great networking opportunity to meet some extremely well respected and influential individuals within the construction and development sector.

Mitchell Galloway – Project Manager at Newcastle City Council & G4C Committee Member