Are you looking to explore your career options, learn more about the world of work or even kick-start a new career? Maybe you want to spruce up your CV, prepare for job interviews, develop your existing skillset or gain valuable insight into your dream industry? Start your 2024 strong by taking advantage of our Future Ready Mentoring initiatives!
With over 2,000 mentors spanning more than 60 industries and 40 countries, our Future Ready Mentoring initiatives are a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from career professionals who can share their experiences, equip you with the right mindset and prepare you to tackle the working world with confidence.
Here at the University of Westminster, our Future Ready Mentoring Team offers students and recent graduates (of the last 3 years) the opportunity to be matched with industry professionals for both long- and short-term mentoring to support you with your career development and help you reach your goals. These opportunities can take place either in-person or online/over the phone.
Career Mentoring Programme (long-term mentoring)
Our award-winning Career Mentoring Programme matches participants with an industry professional for a long-term mentoring relationship. We have two intakes each year and applications for Cycle 2, which runs from May – July, are now open!
To take part, you will need to:
· Be in your second year of undergraduate studies and above OR be a postgraduate student.
· Commit to a minimum of 3 mentoring sessions over a three-month period between May and July
· Apply through an online form on Engage
· Complete mentee training which will take place in late February/early March (you will have the option of attending either in-person or virtually via our dedicated Blackboard Mentee Module)
Applications close on Sunday 18th February 2024 at midnight.
“Participating in the Career Mentoring Programme was a remarkable experience. Connecting with a mentor from my desired industry was incredibly beneficial. My mentors’ practical insights and advice were invaluable in shaping my career path. The mentorship facilitated open communication, guiding me through decisions and offering real-world perspectives. I highly recommend the programme to fellow students and graduates. Learning directly from a seasoned professional has accelerated my growth and understanding of the industry. This mentorship opportunity has been instrumental in helping me work towards my professional goals, and I am deeply grateful for the support and guidance I received.”
Olga Rozaridou – BSc Finance Level 6 (Career Mentoring Programme Cycle 2 Mentee 2022/23)
Ask a Mentor Service (short-term mentoring)
For short-term mentoring, our Ask a Mentor Service offers you the chance to be matched with one of our professional mentors for a one-off conversation.
This one-off mentoring session can be used to ask for career advice on a range of topics, for example, guidance on job/internship searches, job application or interview preparation tips, or for asking industry-specific questions. Open all year round, you can apply via Engage here.
“Through the one-off conversation with my mentor, I gained valuable feedback on my CV and I was reassured that I was performing to the best of my abilities, taking the necessary steps to increase my employability in the music industry and the synchronisation sector. Through the one-off conversation, my mentor also gave me an insight into her professional journey in the industry and her current role, providing me with valuable advice on how I could utilise my experience and studies to secure the position I aspire for!”
Andrea Loizidou – MA Music Business Management (Ask a Mentor Mentee – May 2023)
Whatever your goal is for 2024, we hope you add Career Mentoring to your list of New Year’s resolutions! If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or visit our webpage: www.westminster.ac.uk/mentoring
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