Professional Mentoring Scheme
City has an excellent reputation for ensuring the employability of its graduates and in the current economic climate, we recognise that our students and graduates need as much career support as possible. Since 2002 the Student Development and Outreach team has operated a very popular Professional Mentoring Scheme and in 2011/12 the City Future Fund allocated a slightly bigger budget for this area to give students extra help. The Scheme was also boosted by the involvement of BlackRock, a leading asset management firm who helped train our new intake of mentors.
Students benefit from one-to-one support from a mentor who often works in a profession or industry they aspire to join. The relationship develops over a six month period with the pairs meeting at least once a month. Mentors help with interview skills, CVs, networking and providing supportive and insightful advice on finding jobs and work placements.
Successes in 2011/12
- We established 84 mentor/mentee pairs
- 65 per cent of our mentees felt that having a mentor had a direct impact on securing a placement or improved their job-searching techniques
- 92 per cent of the pairs continued their relationship after the 'official' six month period had ended
- Mentors involved in the scheme received a record number of nominations in our Student Impact awards.
Overall, it was a very satisfying experience for everyone involved and we
look forward to building on these successes in 2012/13.