Student Mentor Pete

Pete – student mentor

Pete volunteers as a mentor for the Momentum Mentoring programme at the University of Brighton.

Momentum is an inclusive programme open to any University of Brighton student. Students are matched with a volunteer professional who supports them in working towards their goals and building confidence.

Before retiring, Pete was a headteacher and then worked in a London University training potential head teachers and running INSET courses for established senior leaders. He has been involved in volunteering for most of his adult life and wanted to continue to use his headteacher skills and experience to benefit students. Mentoring at the University of Brighton was a natural fit.

“In my mentoring role my initial focus is to establish a rapport with the mentee. This involves being an active listener, demonstrating a positive attitude and respect for what they say. I have found it useful to establish a professional informality that is not judgmental. It is essential the mentee understands that the dialogue between us is totally confidential and that I value a diversity of perspectives.”

“It is also important to ascertain what the mentee wants from the mentoring experience so I can share personal relevant experiences. My ambition is to empower them to develop their own skills and confidence.”

During the pandemic Pete was able to continue mentoring, thanks to Zoom. However, “it is lovely to meet up face to face since the lockdown rules have been relaxed.”

Pete loves meeting new people and doing something worthwhile. He enjoys being a part of the development that leads to successful outcomes. “The mentoring experience is a valuable way for me to learn too.”

Pete is a man of many talents and is also chair of Coastway Radio: an independent, non-commercial community radio station operated by volunteers.

“It is important to ascertain what the mentee wants from the mentoring experience. My ambition is to empower them to develop their own skills and confidence.”

“It is important to ascertain what the mentee wants from the mentoring experience. My ambition is to empower them to develop their own skills and confidence.”

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