Dr Ishrat Bano: Being open to ideas

Dr Ishrat Bano: Being open to ideas

“Mentoring provided an opportunity for a mutual learning relationship.”

Keen to make a positive contribution, Dr Ishrat Bano found mentoring gave her fresh ideas as well as access to resources and networks.

Why did you want to mentor Queen’s Young Leaders?

I decided to be a mentor because I am in a good place in my life, and have had experiences that I can share to make a positive contribution.

Not to mention, enlightening another person’s life will always add happiness to your own. It’s an absolute privilege. I enjoy being able to work closely with someone else, sharing ideas and plans.

How has your mentoring experience been so far?

Mentoring provided an opportunity for a mutual learning relationship. I was matched with a vibrant and brilliant young lady in the UK. She is very passionate about her business interests – as exemplified by her drive and determination.

"...it worked better because of our ability to be flexible and committed."

How you have been helping your mentee achieve their goals?

I gradually introduced some interesting facts and topics of conversation, found out her problem areas, and encouraged her to do activities by supporting her. My aim was to stimulate her thinking and build on her interests.

During our mentoring activities, we tackled career guidance, personal development, access to relevant resources and confidence building.

However, I would like to say it worked better because of our ability to be flexible and committed. Amidst this rewarding programme, challenges were encountered which included different time zones and changes in the flow of planned sessions.

What you have learned or gained from the experience?

“As I mentored, it opened me up to ideas… it's a glorious thing”

Mentoring can be a win-win experience. As I mentored, it opened me up to ideas of improving various skills, particularly in terms of nurturing and patience. This experience has facilitated access to resources on leadership and management skills, as well as a community of emerging and accomplished leaders.

Mentoring is a unique and rewarding experience. Being able to connect with the mentee felt like such an achievement, and making a positive impact on her life gave me a real sense of perseverance. The satisfaction that I get from being a mentor – from helping someone young in whom I see a future – it's a glorious thing.

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