Have you ever considered mentoring or supporting someone who isn’t sure what the industry might be like in their chosen field of study?
During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we support our future talent, as students and graduates are facing even more uncertainty as they break into the working world. Our Career Mentoring Scheme gives you the chance to help a student or recent graduate understand the options available to them after they finish university.
We are always looking for new mentors who can pass on their wisdom to our students to give tailored advice and provide them with general guidance in setting realistic goals for their professional aspirations.
What can you gain from becoming a mentor?
Mentoring can be incredibly rewarding. With your advice and guidance, you can see a student flourish and achieve their ambitions or begin their chosen career path. Other benefits to mentoring include:
- Enhancing your mentoring, listening and communication skills
- Reinforcing your own knowledge and enthusiasm for your industry, and opening your eyes to new innovations coming through
- Having a positive influence on the next generation and giving back to the University of Westminster
Mentoring in 2020
You may be questioning your ability to mentor someone, if you are currently unsure about the stability of your own career in the current, turbulent climate. But your experience and knowledge can still be incredibly valuable to our students. Many mentees benefit from learning soft skills over industry-specific insight, and any time you can dedicate to guide them in these areas can greatly enhance their chances of securing a career after graduation.
We offer exclusive training to our mentors, which gives them an opportunity to improve their knowledge in key areas and confidence with mentoring in 2020.
Our training covers:
- The best ways to support students and news graduates entering the working world during COVID-19
- How to use LinkedIn effectively and navigate virtual networking
- How to work effectively in a virtual mentoring session with your mentee
Joining the Career Mentoring Scheme
We appreciate that our mentors are often very busy and so we offer both long- and short-term mentoring options which are flexible to fit in with your lifestyle.
Career Mentoring Scheme (long-term mentoring)
Our award-winning Career Mentoring Scheme matches participants for a six-month mentoring relationship (committing to a minimum of five mentoring sessions). We have two intakes for the scheme each year and applications for cycle 1 are now open.
Ask a Mentor Service (short-term mentoring)
As an alternative for those who are looking for short-term mentoring opportunities, the Ask a Mentor Service offers you the chance to support our students through a one-off conversation.
To join our community of mentors, you will need to:
- apply through this online form
- attend a virtual mentor training session (if your application is successful)
Applications are open all year round. However, to ensure you are matched as part of cycle 1, we encourage you to apply by end of October.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for volunteers who:
- Have a passion to share their advice and experience
- Can spare at least six hours from this November
- Have more than three years of experience in a graduate-level role, or have insight into recruitment and selection
We welcome applications from all professionals in the UK and overseas, as mentors can conduct their sessions with students via virtual meetings. We have mentors based all over the world including India, China, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Romania to name a few.