29 Aug 2018
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Martin O'Rouke, accepting his award from Generation Success Founder, James Adeleke

Mentoring – If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path

Having managed people throughout my career, I’ve always felt passionate about helping them to be the best they can be. To help me to unlock the potential in others, I trained to be a nationally qualified coach and mentor in September 2015. As a mentor, I value passion and enthusiasm. I firmly believe that with commitment and the right training, anyone can achieve anything – it all starts with that person, they must believe in and apply themselves.

I joined the mentoring team at Generation Success because I wanted to help young adults from diverse backgrounds to achieve their goals. They were formed to address the underrepresentation of diverse and non-traditional talent within employment and enterprise. Their mission, to change the world by removing barriers and connecting businesses with people of diversity, really resonated with me.

Founder and Director of Generation Success, James Adeleke said, “Endless reports such as the State of the nation 2017 and Non-educational barriers to the elite professions evaluation highlight that there is still a clear need to tackle social mobility in the UK. Our programme actively connects the next generation of talent to industry and employers. The impact of having access to role models, like Martin, for our beneficiaries cannot be underestimated.”

Mentors have been invaluable throughout my career. Over time, they’ve taken many different forms; one thing that’s been consistent is the safe space they’ve created for me. A space to discuss my thoughts and ideas and a sounding-board to test out new approaches to unfamiliar challenges. Offering up fresh perspectives, direct encouragement and advice on what to do next. I’m not sure what I would have done without them. They’ve helped me to progress. So, I, in turn, wanted to pay it forward and help others to achieve their goals.

However, I didn’t realise that mentoring would also benefit me. The personal satisfaction you feel after receiving feedback from those I mentor cannot be quantified. It’s incredible to know that you’re making a tangible difference to another person’s career:

“Since I started mentoring with Martin my confidence as grown significantly, Martin has been incredible and helped me with my personal development, my own career plan and helped with some difficult situations”
Benny Amanor

Other benefits include enhanced leadership, interpersonal and communication skills and an extended professional network.

I was incredibly honoured and humbled to receive an outstanding mentoring award from Generation Success. I promise to keep spreading the word, involving more of my peers and supporting the coaching agenda, both now and in the future.

Learn more about mentoring at Sodexo, here https://www.sodexo.com/home/corporate-responsibility/diversity-and-inclusion/how-we-act/promoting-mentoring.html

To find out more about generation success, look them up at:http://generation-success.com/



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