Johan Mathson, Founder at ARC Executive Advisory
What made you sign up as a mentor in the first place?
I have worked for many years with executive coaching (mentoring with business managers). After having experienced how much it is appreciated, I thought it would be interesting to see how my experience could contribute to a younger target group as well. Of course, it also feels extra fun to have contact with my old school as an SSE alum.
What does mentorship mean to you?
I’ll summarise in a few words:
Interest, ask, listen, understand, empathy, support, challenge, accessible and have fun and laugh.
What is the best part about mentoring a student?
It is to help a young and ambitious student, to the best of my ability, develop towards finding a place in the business world that feels fun and challenging every morning.
Have you developed or improved any personal skills during the program?
As a mentor, one can always develop in the two essential tools: Asking and Listening. Hopefully, I have developed further, especially in these two areas.
In what way do you think the MSc Mentor Program will influence your professional career?
A program like the MSc Mentorshiup Program is stimulating for everyone in a leadership role, not least in terms of learning what motivates and drives other generations.
What advice would you give to future mentors?
I would suggest them to answer two questions first:
- What can you offer and how will you go about making that happen?
- What do you expect for your part of the program? How can you influence it?