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Preparing students for a future in healthcare management

City mentorship project enables students to prepare for careers in healthcare management

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

MeetingSelect Healthcare managers have teamed up with City to mentor students towards achieving career progression in the sector.The scheme, which is offered by Careers, Student Development & Outreach at City University London and accredited by the National Mentoring and Befriending Organisation, matches experienced healthcare managers with students to help them with their personal and professional development over a six month period of time.

The role supports the career development side of the MSc in Healthcare Management in the School of Health Sciences and gives students advice on commencing a new career path and making the most of the skills and knowledge from their studies.

Ruba Ayyub, who studied MSc Health Management and was one of the first participants of the postgraduate cohort, said: “My mentor has really helped me grasp and understand the scope of different areas of the healthcare market through her experience and has connected me with some of her valued contacts. She has also helped me gain a great sense of confidence and authority in looking for work by helping me get in touch with a recruitment manager.”All of the mentors stem from healthcare management roles with a number from NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. The scheme also aims to improve links to local authorities and private healthcare over the coming months. Through the completion of her MSc and her mentee experience Ruba is now employed within an international healthcare environment whilst also pursuing UK healthcare sector opportunities.

Talking about his role as a mentor on the scheme, Chris Dzikiti, a Case Manager at NHS England, said: “I joined the mentoring programme because l wanted to support other postgraduate students by offering my own professional experience, knowledge and expertise. I felt that I was in a very good place in my life, and job and that I had experiences that I could share to make a positive contribution in helping a student. What l wasn’t expecting is how this experience would also enable me to learn more about myself and offer me an opportunity to network with other professionals who will influence my career in a positive way. I thoroughly look forward to embarking on this mentoring experience and developing a great relationship with my mentee.”

Running since 2002 at the undergraduate level, the programme has recently taken on postgraduates and is now in its second year. It also helps students to apply their learning and skills to the workplace, enabling them to get a better idea of what area they would like to work in. Mentors also pass on knowledge that helps with student development and can help mentees make connections and contacts through their networks.

Speaking about the project, Taryn Ferris, Postgraduate Mentoring Coordinator in the Careers, Student Development & Outreach team, said: “Students on City’s MSc Health Management course who are accepted on to the Professional Mentoring Programme are provided with a unique opportunity to engage in a developmental relationship with a UK Health Management professional alongside their studies. This professional insight gives mentees a platform to explore how their skills, abilities and studies may be effectively applied within a UK health sector setting. Our motto is ‘what you put in is what you get out’ – if you engage with this process you will reap rewards. You just need to be open to it and you will hit the ground running!”

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