Soon after graduating from Lincoln University with a degree in Drama, Jodie Marshall combined her passion for the stage and her belief in providing everyone with the opportunity to participate in the performing arts by founding A Mind Apart
– a company which addresses social exclusion issues and aims to engage people regardless of race, religion, age, gender, ability or financial status.
Since setting up A Mind Apart Jodie credits the help of several mentors from different business backgrounds in helping her to run her enterprise more effectively and playing an invaluable role in “helping with the stress and worries” that go hand in hand with starting a company. She did find, however, that there were no mentors with an arts background available at the time, and this played an important role in her decision to begin mentoring herself.
Jodie found out about the Get Mentoring course at Sheffield College through Working Woman magazine and she thinks that female business owners could benefit from mentoring, particularly those who also have family commitments or are looking to start afresh with their own enterprise after a maternity leave. Jodie goes on to say,
“Business is quite a male-dominated environment and leadership is considered a male thing. Women can use mentors to gain that understanding of management skills if they haven’t already got experience in this area.”
Jodie now plans on putting the skills she has learnt on the Get Mentoring course to good use, not only with individual mentees, but also to combine this knowledge with her studies at Sheffield Hallam University.
“I’m doing a masters in Cooperative and Social Enterprise Management at the moment, so I’m hoping that this training will help me should I want to offer consultancy services to arts organisations in the future.”