AMP employee Nick is a volunteer with The Smith Family's Tertiary Mentoring Program. He has been providing mentoring support to Jacob, one of 521 tertiary Learning for Life students.
"AMP actively encourages volunteering through The Smith Family. A few years ago, I was matched with Jacob because he was studying economics, which is what I studied at Uni. One and a half years since being matched, Jacob has now finished his degree, but we're still in touch because he's started looking for work and it's proving a really interesting part of the mentoring process.
Jacob hasn't needed any help with motivation, as he's constantly looking at the options available to him and seeking out opportunities. Mostly I've just been looking over his shoulder to help him balance priorities and offer some career direction. Personally, I have felt a sense of responsibility towards Jacob, but have also found him quite inspiring because he refuses to let anything get in the way of what he wants.
The experience has been very rewarding and hasn't been too time consuming or onerous."