Student Story: Aneesah’s QMentoring Experience

Aneesah_AkramAneesah Akram, 2nd year Chemistry student

Applying for the QMentoring scheme

I spent my first year at QMUL adjusting to my course, socialising through societies, and trying to figure out my options and interests. Having enrolled onto the undergraduate MSci Chemistry programme, I knew that my career interests laid within the research and development sector, where I could apply the practical skills that I enjoyed so much.

Over the summer, I realised I needed to make myself stand out from other students. I wanted to gain experience in my field to show enthusiasm and be able to demonstrate the key skills that employers were looking for but I wasn’t really sure how I could do that. This is where the QMentoring programme fitted in, I saw it being advertised via a university email and decided to apply for a place.

Introduction to my mentor

In October of my second year, I received an email confirming my place on the programme. I attended the launch where I got to socialise with other mentors and mentees, which enhanced my confidence through the ice breakers we did, and I got to know more about people in addition to their work/student life. I was excited but also slightly nervous to meet my mentor. I was given no information about them prior to the launch so wasn’t sure quite what to expect.

I met my mentor for the first time and immediately loved the energy I got from her. She was enthusiastic, a good listener and full of ideas but, most importantly, she was able to give me an insight into the possibilities of my career. My mentor works as a writer for a chemistry magazine and she has experience of researching a number of different areas, from nanotechnology to synthetic biology.

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