We were recently asked by Southampton Solent University if we would be able to spare some time to mentor a student during their final year of studies. The role of the mentor is to work with the student in an informal but professional manner and to assist the mentee to gain a better understanding and knowledge of business and also potentially make vital connections.

GTI MD, Mark Berriman attended a mentor induction at SSU in November and has subsequently been teamed up with Lee Puddicombe, who is studying for his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interior Design. Lee is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about Art and Design, and describes the course as a way of making his “dream job become a reality.” Sharing his thoughts with GTI, Lee commented:  “I have always enjoyed designing from a young age when helping my Mum decorate the house. Being inspirited by the transformation of properties broadcasted on The 60 Minute Makeover, I can remember rushing down the stairs in the mornings to watch it in the living room.

Over the past few years of my course, I have learnt many skills ready for the industry, pitching to clients, presenting ideas, software skills (Vectorworks and Photoshop), theories and how to network professionally.”

The main focus for mentoring Lee is to assist with his personal career development, helping to develop his ideas, confidence and skills, along with providing knowledge about the world of work and an insight into future opportunities and options.

During the mentor meetings, Lee will shadow Mark during a client appointment, attend a tour of GTI premises and put his interior design skills to good use by assisting with putting together a new sales proposal.

The team at GTI are understandably big fans of Lee’s work, just some of which you can see below.