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Speed Mentoring: The World of Work – The Next Generation 11/11/2012

Speed Mentoring: The World of Work – The Next Generation

On Sunday 11th  November 2012 young professionals, students and teachers from across the country gathered at the Royal College of Surgeons in Holborn for an afternoon of innovative ‘speed mentoring’. 60 young professionals from over 50 top firms and industries came to offer advice and guidance to secondary school students, this was a careers event like no other.

The concept of speed mentoring is a fast-paced format which ensured that students moved from table to table in ten minute slots. The format allowed students direct interactive advice and guidance from young professionals across numerous industries.

The event, Speed Mentoring: The World of Work – The Next Generation was free for students to attend, offering them a unique chance to explore a range of different professions including Banking, Law, Accountancy, Fashion, PR, Event Management, Acting, DJ’ing, Pharmacy, Sustainability, Music Production, Engineering, Dancing, Venture Capital, Veterinary Medicine, Interior Design, Medicine and Publishing, with one-to-one professional guidance over a two hour period.

“When are you ever going to get a vet in the same room as a BBC News anchor or a landscape gardener and an economist from the Bank of England, or a headline comedian from the Edinburgh Fringe alongside an Editor from Picador publishing, NHS doctors and engineers from MIT all in one room? The breadth and quality of the mentors was beyond my wildest dreams and I couldn’t have asked for a more qualified group to impart their advice and experience to the students we had attending”

– Smruti, Head of the Professionals’ Network and event organiser.


 Edward Lumley Hall, Royal College of Surgeons, Holborn, London


Our incredible line up of mentors


Mentors arrive at the venue (Left to right): Ian Wellby (Goldman Sachs), Matt Lacey (Actor, writer, comedian) and Ben Tansey (Elliott Advisors)


Kiss FM’s AJ King kick-started the event by welcoming an enthusiastic crowd of 14-20 year olds


Smruti welcomes the attendees with an inspiring speech about the future world of work – “The Wings of Hope is proud to host events like today’s, giving students the chance to embrace aspirations and encourage ambition”.


Journalism table featuring: Babita Sharma (Journalist/Presenter BBC News & BBC World News) Leo Kelion (Technology editor of BBC news website)  and Rebecca Burns (radio reporter and newsreader for Russian global service radio and a researcher for BBC’s Radio 4.)


Publishing table featuring: Bella Whittington (Random House) and Kris Doyle (editor at Picador)


Engineering table featuring: Nabori Santiago (Siemens SES) and Neil D’Souza-Mathew (The Technology Partnership) 

Students eagerly move to the next industry tables

Mentors give practical about industries, organisations and careers. Inspiring students to do what they did and aim high when planning and making important decisions about their futures.


Smruti sounds the gong to mark the next round of mentoring

Student attendees

Strategy Consultancy and Healthcare: Toral Pandya (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children)  and Pulkit Agrawal (Booze & Co)

The Wings of Hope would like to thank the group of amazing young mentors who made this event such a success!


You can find full listings of all the mentors here.