I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant. And in addition, I got my first job through LINKnet where I was linked with a mentor who put me through with some likely interview questions, and sincerely, this really helped me to register successes in all my interviews which led to my Employment. A big Thanks to LINKnet Mentoring Ltd and the staff for their unflinching support.
I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association. As there were others in the class we started speaking English gradually. But it was not easy to improve English to a good level within a short period of time.
The Job Centre plus advised me to go to SDS. On the third visit I became lucky that a person looked into my documents and recommended LINKnet Mentoring to me. Thus I went to LINKnet and on my first visit I was warmly welcomed.
Since then I was allocated a mentor. My first task was to register with the General Teaching Council (GTC) of Scotland with the hope of becoming a teacher. This was not an easy task as the GTC was very strict in registering people. My mentor and I could hardly communicate with ease in English. Besides my papers were all in French and the French education system is very different to that of the UK system. We worked very hard exactly 15 sessions together, each session exceeding three hours just to get to the point of completing the application. Thanks to LINKnet I was informed early this month that I am now registered with the GTC.
My mentoring continues for another month and a couple of weeks ago, together with my mentor we started applying for jobs in the education sector. Yesterday I received my first invitation for an interview. Unfortunately the School is far away. Hopefully I will get a job soon. Nothing of this could have happened without LINKnet. A big thank to LINKnet and I recommend LINKnet service to all minority ethnic people.
I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago. Though I had graduated with a degree in environmental management (from my home country), I had been under-employed since my arrival in the UK; working as a Customer Assistant in a local supermarket and, later, as a Facilities & Security Assistant. In my attempts to launch my career in environmental management, I got almost the same reply from employers: 'you are qualified, but do not have any practical environmental management work experience in the UK'. This, somehow, led me to pursue a UK professional course in Occupational Health and Safety Management.
My first meeting with LINKnet was heart-warming and motivating. LINKnet understood my situation and provided options that could be pursued. As a first step, LINKnet offered me the opportunity to work as a volunteer in administration in their offices, in order to acquire some formal work experience. I was paired with an experienced mentor who, over a few weeks, helped me to re-identify myself, my professional needs and goals, and set the right priorities to help me develop and progress in my profession. While my mentor sought to establish contacts with organisations and individuals to identify opportunities in the environment health and safety management sector, I focused on job applications. My mentor also played a vital role in reviewing my job applications and preparing me for interviews.
I have now secured a temporary post as an Environment Health and Safety Assistant which, I believe, would open doors for other major opportunities. The mentoring process also enhanced my self-confidence and enabled me established contacts with some senior environment health and safety professionals for career advice and guidance.