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Elisa Tamanini, Mentee of the Year, talks about her experience on Beyond Barriers

Elisa TamaniniWhat inspired you to take part in the mentoring scheme?

When I decided to start the MSc in Human Resource Management my goals were to grow at a professional and personal level. The mentoring programme was a unique opportunity to enhance both areas.

Did you have clear views about what you wanted to achieve from the beginning?

Yes, I wanted to become more self-confident and have a better control of my emotions.

In what ways has your mentor helped you?

​With my mentor I simulated different job interviews and through feedback I could start to work on my areas of development and to appreciate my strengths more.

How do you feel about winning 'Mentee of the Year'?

​I did not expect it. Honestly I am very satisfied about my achievement and recognition.​

What would you say about the Beyond Barriers Mentoring Scheme in order to encourage other students to take part?

I encouraged a friend of mine to take part of the programme after the second meeting with my mentor! The mentoring scheme is a unique opportunity to start reflecting on yourself, raise your skills and expand your network. I would highly recommend it! 

Ros Morgan, Elisa's mentor, CEO Kingston First

"Elisa is an extremely ambitious and determined individual. She started the process with clear objectives of how the mentoring programme could help her achieve her goals. Throughout the 6 months, Elisa has developed a range of skills that has assisted her in acquiring a dissertation placement and positively positioned Elisa for future graduate roles. Elisa has been a pleasure to mentor and we are delighted she has been recognised as Mentee of the Year."  

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Blessing Ogbenna Nlems"The whole experience was awesome. I had a brilliant mentor, who went out of her way to make sure I achieved my targeted goals. My confidence as an individual has improved and I have been able to overcome the fear about facing an interview. I will definitely recommend this mentoring scheme to others."

Blessing Ogbenna Nlems, student mentee

Lisa-Marie Noronha-John"It feels really rewarding to have taken part; I felt so uplifted that my mentee thanked me for what they achieved on their journey at university. I highly recommend the programme."

Lisa-Marie Noronha-John, student mentor

Lucy Jones with David Mackintosh Lucy Jones, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, has recently taken on the role of Gender Equality Champion at Kingston University. As well as contributing to projects such as Athena Swan, Lucy is a strong advocate for the Beyond Barriers mentoring scheme. Read more about Lucy's involvement in the scheme as a mentor and champion.

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