“When I first joined the programme, I hoped for instant answers to dilemmas about the future. Rather than mapping out one direct path, the programme has instead served a much broader purpose: it has given me valuable tools to make the most of all career opportunities and to become my own agent for change. Overall, the Telemachus Mentoring Programme has been very fruitful in making me think about what motivates me in life and the people, places and nature of the work which might inspire me in the future. It has provided me with some much-needed reflection and given me some invaluable tools for the future.”
ALICE from UK, 25 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“I am learning a lot from my mentor and we are building a great relationship. One of my goals is setting up an online center for community, entrepreneurship and youth leadership development. While offering advice on the creative writing process and journalism, my mentor was also kind enough to introduce me to a peer in youth development given that is a field I am passionate about and have worked in.”
WILLIAM from USA, 27 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“Since this programme began, we have had very useful exchanges. After clearly understanding my goals, my mentor, Attiya Mahmood, has given me some very useful pieces of advice. I find Attiya very welcoming, inspiring and easy to work with. In only a few months, she has helped regain my sense of focus. I am now more conscious and certain of my career goal and pathway and I can say without doubt that my career has been reborn.”
ACHINGALE from CAMEROON, 27 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“My mentor, Souad Talsi,motivates and directs me and is also pushing me forward and helping me on every step of the way.I am also pleased to say that I am not limited to contacting my mentor as she is open to hearing from me every time I have a question or an idea!”
PONELO from MALAWI, 28 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“I am extremely glad to share with you that the communication with my mentor develops rapidly and enables me to discover new sides of myself! Iliana is fantastic, she is such an attentive person and so great as professional! I am thankful for having the opportunity to know her and to work with her because everything goes smoothly and therefore we have several interesting ideas for collaboration.”
VIKTORIA from BULGARIA, 18 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“I am very fortunate to have Sonja as my mentor, she is a real role model for my future career since we have similar interests.”
EDITA from ALBANIA, 20 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“I am very lucky and blessed to be mentored by Marina Antoniou. It’s a year of transition for me and Marina’s support, and the quality of how she listens to me and my projects is highly needed.”
CAROL from FRANCE/LEBANON, 49 – ATHENA 2017
“Regarding my journey on the mentoring programme, it's been a great one, there's been much progress. My goals are set and outlined I'm on the way of working towards achieving them.”
ABDULHAFIZ from NIGERIA, 26 – TELEMACHUS 2017
“The mentoring programme is really going well for me, and I am pleased to have a great mentor. She is working on the same topics as me, and it is wonderful to get her guidance.”
SWATI from INDIA, 30 – ATHENA 2017
“My mentoring journey has progressed well, my mentor has been very helpful and generous with her advice.”
MARIA from FINLAND, 25 - TELEMACHUS 2017
"You taught me not to be too hard on myself, to be patient as success doesn't happen overnight, to embrace all the challenges I go through even if they seem dull and boring, and most importantly, to live, I have often ignored the need for stability and balance in all aspects of life, and this would leave me quite empty. May God bless you, you're truly an amazing person and I was so lucky to have you."
Abdelrahman from Jordan, 27 - TELEMACHUS 2016
If I have to thank you for something for this year, it would be connecting me with such a wonderful mentor like Mrs. Shahira ,a person who helped me a lot in my life steps before my career ,transferred to me a big dose of positive energy ,made a warm friendship with me before she started ,and treated me very kindly ,thanks won't be enough for such a great opportunity".
Hagar from Egypt, 26 - TELEMACHUS 2016
"I am very happy that I was a part of the GTF mentoring programme. In the beginning, I had just completed University and started as a volunteer at an NGO for Dialogue. I was quite confused and unsure about what to venture into in my career life. After expressing my interests, Dr. Altinay shared ideas with me which I believe helped me discover my potential and also learn how things work in the real world. I thank the GTF Team for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Mentoring programme and for introducing me to a great mentor. I will definitely be in touch with him in the future and I look forward to sharing my work with Dr. Altinay as he has shared his with me."
Khadija from Kenya, 23 - TELEMACHUS 2016
"The experience has been a fantastic ride. Lucian is a great mentor whom I have learned from him tremendously. Not only in business, but also in life. He has put in far beyond 100% on every discussion we had and has genuinely helped with issues I have faced throughout the year. His teachings are subtle yet impactful especially as he always stresses to look beyond what we see all the time."