We caught up with Chithra Marsh, a Associate Director at Buttress, who was a mentor for our flagship Regeneration Brainery Academy 2017. With over twenty years in the industry, we wanted to hear her thoughts about our programme.
Why did you get involved in Regeneration Brainery?
I have been involved in initiatives of a similar nature before. Manchester School of Architecture and the RIBA North are great at encouraging students to engage with employers and we as a company have taken part and collaborated in their mentoring scheme.
It’s so important for students to be armed with as much knowledge as possible to make informed decisions on how to enter into the industry, even more so, when they are choosing their career options at school or college.
From a personal perspective, it’s so easy to be all consumed by the job that you do, that sometimes it’s good to take a step back and get involved in schemes like RB. It’s offered me a vehicle to give something back. If I help one person to be inspired to become an Architect then I’ve done my job.
What makes Regeneration Brainery different from other mentoring schemes?
Regeneration Brainery is very hands on and focuses on different careers in the industry. It isn’t just a talking machine and it’s not death by PowerPoint. For example, the students get to experience design first hand within the workshops and they get an insight into property development by visiting sites. This is more likely to stay with them rather than someone describing the career to them.
It’s really important to encourage the next generation of developers, lawyers, architects, landscape architects etc… into the industry. The Regeneration Brainery invites them into that world and gives them a taste of things to come.
What do you think the Brainees get out of the workshops, site visits and mentoring sessions?
I think the Brainees get a window into the property and construction industry!
I still remember what it’s like to be 17. You’ve got these qualifications (GCSEs or A Levels) and you’re not really quite sure how to construct that into a career. Regeneration Brainery gives them an insight and an opportunity to try something out and say “I can do that” or “that sounds like something I’d be really interested in”.
I think Regeneration Brainery is inspiring, empowering and an open door.
If mentoring our Brainees sounds like something you’d passionate about, then get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org