Mentoring Spotlight: Russell & Sabri

Success in the City of London School and John Carpenter Club Mentoring scheme.

Russell Jones (Class of 1977), former President of the JCC and Sabri Meeran (Class of 2020)  share their experience of a mentoring relationship initiated through the JCC scheme.

Russell: My own initial experience with the scheme has been gratifying.  Though now a semi-retired professional economist, I was approached by a third-year economics undergraduate at my alma mater, Bristol University, in the hope that I could both help him navigate his final year studies, and provide some pointers for his future career.  The young man in question, Sabri Meeran (Class of 2020), was a credit both to his parents and to CLS.  Polite, smart, driven, and remarkably intellectually inquisitive, I very much enjoyed our interactions, both in person and by correspondence.  I am sure that he will go far.
I hope very much that other Old Citizens will follow my example and get involved.  It's a most worthwhile project.  And what's more, you might learn something – I certainly did!:

Sabri: My meetings and correspondences through the scheme were instrumental for deciding on my career trajectory and my direction in higher education. In a subject such as Economics, where the choices are seemingly endless, this clarity is crucial. My mentor, Russell Jones (Class of 1977), was extraordinarily generous with his time and enthusiastic about his experiences as an Economist. He imparted a great deal of knowledge, including key skills to cultivate and advice about networking. His reading suggestions helped me to choose my areas of interest within Economics and outlined the ever-important themes. I greatly benefitted from our interactions, and I am eager to apply what I have learned :-Sabri

The John Carpenter Club began running an internship and mentoring scheme, in collaboration with the CLS Development & Alumni Engagement Office, in Summer 2022.  This is viewed by the JCC as one of the most important initiatives in which the Club is involved.  This provides a direct conduit through which Old Citizens can provide opportunities and open doors, as well as passing on some of their wealth of knowledge and experience, to recent leavers as they start to make their way in the world.

The Alumni Office and the JCC are always looking for volunteers to provide internships, which can range from as little as a few days to a few weeks or even longer, or provide mentoring opportunities.

If you would like to get involved, please reach out to Kate Wallace at the Alumni Office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or Paul Marmor from the JCC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I greatly benefitted from our interactions, and I am eager to apply what I have learned

Sabri Meeran (Class of 2020)