“The best mentors can help us define and express our inner calling,” says Anthony Tjan, CEO of Boston venture capital firm Cue Ball Group and author of Good People. “But rarely can one person give you everything you need to grow.”
Nurturing talent is fundamental to our business and we’re working hard to create the right environment where everyone can grow on a personal and professional level.
This year some of our team have been giving back and developing their own mentoring skills, passing on their wisdom and experience to others within the agency and outside to help share knowledge, nurture performance and often provide sound counsel on all kinds of challenges!
There’s no denying that breaking into the creative industry is still very much a challenge for many people from all walks of life. We’ve been asking ourselves how we can get closer to people with no or very little experience and who perhaps need a guiding hand on how to make that first step. We’ll be revealing more in the coming months on these plans but for now, here is a heart-warming blog from Sophie a Bristol University 3rd year Sociology Student who has been mentored by our Planner Nicky. Sophie and Nicky are taking part in the University’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies Mentoring Scheme which is open to existing students and supported by University Alumni. Since meeting in April this year Nicky has really taken Sophie under her wing to give her a fresh perspective on the opportunities available and will continue to support her throughout her 3rd year and beyond as she looks to secure her first industry role.
My week began on Monday at 9am, after a 3 month-long summer break where midday lie-ins and brunch instead of breakfast was the norm. Having ended my second year of university knowing I wanted to get into Marketing but lacking in the relevant experience, I felt a little lost and the prospect of immersing myself in the world of work seemed daunting.
That all changed when I started at Six.
Immediately I was welcomed into a warm and friendly environment amongst a team of people that were willing to take me under their wing, share with me their wealth of experience and involve me in the opportunities they get exposed to every day.
Initially, I was surprised by how much I was able to participate after hearing from friends about previous work placements where they were confined to admin and tea-making tasks. In contrast, I was made to feel like a worthwhile contributor: participating in projects with high-profile clients, attending meetings, running a focus group, and having my ideas valued as much as any other member of the team. But, of course, this was not without a few hiccups along the way. One particular incident stands out, where I almost got escorted out of Lloyds Bank before a client meeting for smuggling my cutlery set in through security! Nevertheless, I have been able to test my skills and even discovered ones I didn’t realise I had. I’ve also had the chance to expand my network by meeting different people both client-side and agency-side, and build relationships with them.
All of this wouldn’t have been possible without my mentor, Nicky, who took me on and consistently went the extra mile to get me involved with everyone, and everything at Six. A special mention must also go to Ruth, who had me at the end of her desk for the week and kept me motivated with her warm sense of humour and invaluable advice.
All in all my week at Six was a fantastic experience. I have witnessed first-hand the essential role an agency plays in the shaping of clients’ needs and how they bring these to life. I have developed a personal interest in the Account Management and Planning side of the business, and I now feel well-placed to explore this further in the future. Most of all, it has been a privilege working alongside the team at Six; a group of people who are so encouraging, open-minded and creative.
Thank you for having me!