Laurent, former grant-holder, now has a new role to play in the Foundation

Software application design engineer in Lyon

Software application design engineer in Lyon

Laurent, former grant-holder, now has a new role to play in the Foundation

Recent graduate and former grant-holder Laurent Santerre shares his experience and his wish to invest in his new role as mentor.

What did the Francis Bouygues Foundation do for you? What is the outcome after five years of higher education?

I had known for a long time what I wanted to do in life: work in IT. That was my wish, and I did the necessary work. I needed a helping hand to get closer to the goal of what were just plans. The Foundation did just that.

Mutual assistance: that’s what springs to mind when I think of the Foundation. It helps young people who cannot afford to finance their studies to reach their career goals. That is exactly how it happened for me.

On top of the financial support, which helped me a lot and enabled me do the course I wanted, assigning a mentor to me provided genuine moral support, which is invaluable for all students, even for an independent one like me. That help was essential because I could focus fully on my studies without having to worry about financial issues.

Why have you now decided to become a mentor?

As a young graduate, my experience with the Foundation is recent, so I think that I will be able to understand my grant-holder’s problems. It will be easier to look ahead and put myself in her position to find the words or actions to help her.

Given that I have only just graduated, I will advise my grant-holder to do internships in order to get practical experience in the field in which she’d like to work. I will do everything to give her moral support as soon as she feels the need.

This year, she will be sitting the entrance exam to get into medical school, she will therefore need assistance to ensure that she succeeds without too much stress. I hope that I can give her that strength. The Foundation believes in her and, quite naturally, so do I!

Our relationship will build itself on her needs: if she needs me, I will be there. If she wants more independence, I will adapt whilst remaining attentive. For the time being, the first step is to get to know each other.

My role as mentor is of great importance for me — mentors have the responsibility of representing the Foundation, so we cannot afford to disappoint it! My idea is to fulfil my role as mentor and to go on to help others if the Foundation needs me.

The words I use to describe my role are adaptation, dialogue and knowledge transfer.

Dialogue is an important part of the tandem: it’s a win-win relationship to which both players contribute.

 

« I will do everything to give her moral support as soon as she feels the need.»


(Updated: January 2016)