B!G Mentor Interview – Niamh Harmon
23 January 2022

B!G Mentor Interview – Niamh Harmon

It was lovely to meet up with Niamh Harmon from Sales Force to get her thoughts on being a Mentor. Sales Force offers enterprise and small business CRM solution for sales, marketing, customer service, IT and more. Niamh was great fun to talk to and she felt very passionately about her role as a Mentor.

What is your name and what do you do?
I’m Niamh and I am currently working at Sales Force and I am lead designer there.

Why do you think creative skills are important at second level?
I think they are really important; everyone is creative in their own way but maybe just haven’t tapped into that so I think it’s really important to explore that at an early age.

Can you take us through the process of The B!G Idea mentoring?
As mentors we would have received the pitches from the students and the teachers and then we would have been put in a group with other mentors. So, we would have been able to see what their feedback was, it was interesting to see the different trends and patterns and then people from different industries kind of giving different advice aswell. So we would have fed back at that point and then the students would have went away, taken the feedback on board and then presented a final project which we then rated and voted. It was a really structured process and we were kept in the loop every step of the way.

What was the most important part of mentoring for you?
Seeing the potential weas amazing, I was blown away by some of the ideas that I came across. Just the creativity in the students and the enthusiasm aswell was amazing.

“The potential, the ideas, the enthusiasm, it was a really fun process”

Niamh Harmon

Would you have benefitted from The B!G Idea when you were in school?
Absolutely so I did art in school but being honest when I went to college, I didn’t really have those creative thinking skills so I struggled and I think it was probably only my second year in college that I really started working on those creative thinking skills but I think if I had of been taught them at an earlier age like at Transition Year it probably would have geared me up better for third level.

Did you enjoy the mentoring process and did you feel supported through it?
Yeah, I loved it, it was really cool. Again, the potential, the ideas, the enthusiasm, it was a really fun process.

Would you recommend mentoring to others?

Yes absolutely, it really opened my eyes. I was excited to see the ideas that they came back with. I got a lot out of it, I thought it was really rewarding aswell so I’d totally recommend somebody to take it on.

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