My mentor offered me a safe place to ask questions and reflect on both my past experiences and future career plans
Larin’s experience from Acsend’s Mentorship Program
Tell us – who are you?
My name is Larin Taofik, and I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business & Economics from Stockholm School of Economics.
You were one of six participants in Ascend’s Mentorship Program this spring. What do you think the program was about?
The mentorship program, in my opinion, was about gaining a greater understanding of the role of a Management Consultant with the help of theoretical briefings combined with more practical elements.
What are your takeaways from the program?
Plenty! A broader understanding of the management consulting industry. The courage to reflect together in a group. The quality of getting to know oneself and others in a group. Interesting insights from my mentor, others from Ascend and participants in the program.
What was it like to have a mentor?
Very rewarding! My mentor offered me a safe place to ask questions and reflect on both my past experiences and future career plans. I usually follow the motto “just go for it” which often works, but the downside is that you rarely take a moment to reflect and learn from previous experiences. During the weeks with my mentor, I was given the time to improve this – I dared to rewind the tape and reflect on my choices.
Which parts of the program were the (1) most fun, (2) most challenging, and (3) most educational?
Most fun: Working together as a group to solve a “lego mission.”
Most challenging: Solve a group case linked to growth.
Most educational: The mentor meetings with my mentor Matilda, the group exercises, and the theoretical briefings.
What advice do you have for other students curious about Management Consulting?
Management Consulting is about helping other companies to improve various types of business areas and helping them achieve their organizational goals. Different consulting agencies have different orientations and focus areas. It is interesting for you as a student to meet representatives from various companies and ask what types of projects they work with. A mentorship program is an excellent opportunity to network with employees from the industry!