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Prerna Bhalla

Finance (Corporate Finance) MSc, 2018. Investment Analyst, Mazars UK. Diversity Mentor, 2020/2021.

Prerna Bhalla 

What does it mean for you to participate in the diversity mentoring programme?

During my times at King’s as a master’s student, I always wished I had someone to guide me and give me their two cents on how to navigate the course, applying for jobs, maintaining a social life etc. The moment I heard of the new mentioning programme, I knew I wanted to get involved and try and help a current student navigate through some of the hurdles I faced.

What did you do personally to make the most out of this programme during these six months?

I think the most important point in any interaction is always the first meeting as it sets the tone of the relationship going forward. I made sure my mentee felt comfortable discussing their concerns and ideas with me and could expect honest feedback. I also made sure to take time out of my day and be available whenever my mentee needed to have a quick chat or discuss a job opportunity.

Your biggest success (e.g., helped my mentee get an internship or new job, learned more about being a good mentor, helped them with job applications, CV writing, different industries’ insights, etc.)

My mentee was an international student who wanted more information on how to successfully apply for a role in finance and get interview/AC tips. With the current job market, she also needed some assurance that she would be able to land a role. As I was in the same boat a few years ago, I could give her first-hand information and sources for improving her skills and applying for the right roles.

What is the biggest advice you would give to future applicants/participants?

Be open minded and listen to each other. Every student has different goals and aspirations and it is very important for both parties to have clear communication so that their needs are met, and they can get the most out of this programme. I would encourage all future mentees to no be shy and let your mentor know your expectations. Also take advantage of this programme to grow your network!

Why is it important for you to support current students?

Current students are experiencing a time in their academic journey like no other. As most activities are taking place virtually, I believe that now more than ever, everyone is missing that element of contact and support. Through this programme, I am hoping that current students feel they are supported and heard.