Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
The Clearstream Global Securities Services Ltd. and Bishopstown Community School Student Mentoring Programme 2019 was officially launched in December last year. A group of eight 5th year students, accompanied by their Guidance Counsellor Ms. Gleeson and Principal Mr Farrell, arrived at the Clearstream offices in the Cork Airport Business Park where they met mentors for the first time. Managing Director, David Brosnan, was also on hand to welcome the students and mark the occasion. A lot of work had gone on behind the scenes to get everyone to this point and, thanks to the very warm welcome, the students quickly settled into the new surroundings and got to know their mentors.
The first year of the programme has now come to an end and, following feedback sessions with both students and mentors, it has been a great success. During their 7 visits to Clearstream – around once every 3 weeks – the students have had an opportunity to spend time with their mentors and discuss their career choices and ideas. They talked about their life goals and set targets to work towards in school. They discussed study skills, exam results and gained a valuable insight into what they need to achieve in order to transition into the working world. They love the welcome that Clearstream gave them every time they visited, including the coffee & pastries, and they are now confident working together as equals alongside the professionals.
It’s not all one way though as the Clearstream volunteers have also really enjoyed the sessions and learning about their own communication skills. This was put to the test at the end of year social event in May when the whole group took on the challenge of the Escape rooms in Cork – it must be a testament to great team work that each of the 3 teams found their way out within the time scale and enjoyed a well-earned feed for their trouble.
Over the summer Clearstream have moved to their new offices in the state of the art Navigation Square building where they’ll welcome the group again this Autumn.