Are you a current student at Westminster?
Would you like a mentor to help you with your work/career choices?
This programme aims to link you with professionals to enhance your employability through confidence building, networking and development of the key skills all employers seek. It is also a chance for you to learn about the opportunities available in specific career areas.
You will meet with your mentor once or twice a month between November and April, usually at the mentor’s workplace, although space can be made available at the university. The mentoring partnership will involve a minimum of 12 hours of your time.
In addition, you will be expected to attend a training session, after which you will be introduced to your mentor. We also hope you will feed back to us at regular intervals and attend our celebration evening to mark the end of the scheme in June.
If you are interested, please complete the online application form here.
Frequently asked questions:
When is the deadline for submission of the CDC Mentoring Scheme applications?
All applications must be submitted by 11th October 2013 at 5pm. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
What are you looking for in the Mentee application forms?
Simply submitting an application will not be enough to secure a mentor. All applications will be scored and the co-ordinators will be looking for evidence of:
- good written communication skills;
- a thoroughly considered idea of how securing a mentor will be of benefit to your studies, career planning, confidence, knowledge and professional development;
- an understanding of your responsibilities on the scheme in terms of portraying the University in a positive light; and
- your ability to manage your time effectively.
What can I expect from my Mentor?
Amongst many other things, your mentor will be a critical friend, a professional contact, someone with knowledge of the world of work, a study coach, someone to discuss your career plans with and possibly the intricacies of particular sectors and professions. It is not your mentor’s responsibility to provide you with work experience; however, depending on whether you have conducted yourself appropriately and earned the trust of your mentor, this is something they may be able to assist you with.
Can I choose who my mentor is?
No. The co-ordinators will consider the content of your application form and use this to match you to a suitable mentor capable of meeting the needs you have identified in your submitted forms. It is therefore essential that you think carefully about the information you record in your application form.
Can I have more than one mentor?
No. While our mentors may volunteer to take on more than one mentee, it is unlikely that you will be able to have more than one mentor on the CDC Mentoring Scheme. It is important to note that this does not preclude you from having mentors outside of the scheme.
Can I stay in touch with my mentor beyond the official ending of the scheme?
We do not envisage any problems with this. While it is not common practice, we have allowed some mentoring pairs, due to mentor’s desire to continue working with the mentee, to continue their relationship beyond the official ending of the scheme. We are happy to consider each request on a case by case basis.