“If you think about the kids that The Smith Family works with, they don't get all the opportunities that other kids do because they don't have the networks. So I'm mentoring a student and once a week I chat to her online for about an hour,” said Marg.
“For me, it's about listening. It's not about telling them what they should or shouldn't be doing career-wise or anything like that. It's more about giving them ideas and a bit of encouragement and direction if they're not sure where they're going.”
Creating connections with students who lack adult mentors isn’t always easy. But for Marg, it’s hitting those breakthrough moments with students that makes the experience so special.
“I love being a mentor because it's quite a challenge. The students vary. You can get a student who knows exactly what they want to do and has their career path all sorted. Then you have students who respond with one-word answers and it’s very challenging to engage. But that’s what brings me back,” said Marg.