‘You should find the problem, present the options and create the solution. It’s better to aim high and occasionally fail, than to succeed all the time.’
So said Adam Glover, Partner at Gardiner & Theobald, at the recent NLA NextGen Speed Mentoring session – which saw 29 mentors meet with mentees from across the industry, to share knowledge and advice with their younger colleagues.
The evening not only gave young professionals a chance to talk through challenges with their seniors, but a rare chance to have a drink and network with mentors and mentees alike, at the offices of NextGen Programme Champions Gardiner & Theobald – who advocate career progression.
Established industry professionals who met with emerging talent included mentors from a range of sectors and organisations including Cartwright Pickard, Dexter Moren Associates, Forbo, Foster + Partners, Gardiner & Theobald, Greystar, GVA, Historic England, HOK, HTA Design, Levitt Bernstein, Pitman Tozer, Robert Bird, Swan Housing, Tyrens and WSP.
“I found the whole experience very useful and I have recommended to colleagues.”
“A brilliant evening, it was great to be introduced to a variety of people in the industry for my first mentoring event.”
NextGen is an NLA initiative which identifies and supports young talent within the industry, and champions the professional development of the built environment’s future leaders. NextGen members are profiled in 50% of the full NLA programme, creating many opportunities to showcase new ideas and projects to the wider NLA network.
The NextGen programme is championed by Gardiner & Theobald and supported by Forbo Flooring.
If you'd like to be involved, please email Lucie Murray.
By Merry Arnold, NLA