What is the aim of Employability Mentoring?
This project is all about students making connections and learning from people with industry experience. Mentoring provides our students with the opportunity to ask questions to professionals who are willing to offer their time and experience in group, online and one to one settings. Here you can share your industry and career experiences with students keen to learn from you. By sharing your expertise you can make a real difference to their aspirations and plans for their own career, whilst developing yourself professionally. Our mentors benefit from the project by honing their interpersonal and communication skills by learning how to bring out the best in their mentees. They share with us how much they enjoy being part of the project and developing the next generation of talent. The project aims to improve the employability of our students using industry mentors. We do this by taking students through four key stages:
- Where am I now? We will help you to clarify where you are at in relation to your own employability and its current value.
- Where do I want to be? We will help you to identify a future desired state as to the sort of professional you aim to become.
- How will I get there? We will help you to explore future pathways using the experience and perspectives of our employability mentors.
- What is my action plan? We will help you to undertake actions based on new learning to think, speak and act differently in order to become the professional you seek to be.
Our first ever project film showcases what we do, its value to our students and the benefits of mentoring:
What we are looking for?
We are recruiting mentors from a range of industries and backgrounds to form a pool of professionals with whom students can engage with in a variety of mentoring settings.
We recruit mentors who want to offer industry specific advice, as well as those who prefer to focus on the individual and their generic employability and professional skills. We also have mentors that aim to do both. As a mentor, the choice is yours.
If you have specific skills that you would like to share, knowledge to impart and perspective to offer, please get in touch and let’s talk about how mentoring can be of real benefit to you and the student.
Our latest film below showcases what is involved if you get in touch with us and what you can expect:
What our mentors say?
At the heart of our project are professional relationships that are value driven. Here’s a selection of some of the comments that our mentors say about us:
"It has been a pleasure to work with Andy. The development of the project has been handled with professionalism and a good dose of enthusiasm. Andy has always been willing to review and improve the project along the way, which builds confidence! Thanks for the opportunity to help those starting their career. I wish I had had a mentor!" - Angela
"Thank you Andy for extending your gratitude to us all. But most importantly thank you for making this programme a reality in the first place. :) #teamwork" - Baguiasri
"I feel like I learnt a great deal from our first meeting including that my entrepreneurial attitude can be of benefit to those looking for careers in a less linear career path." - Rebecca
"It has been an enormous privilege for me to have worked with you and I really appreciate the support that you have shown to me. It has also been extremely rewarding for me to have been involved in the students’ journey and to have been part of their development, in some small way." Steve
Group mentoring is a chance to ask questions and to learn from the questions of fellow student mentees. It’s also a great opportunity to get comfortable with industry professionals and learn from their responses before being matched to your one to one mentor.
Latest project news
Our Employability Mentoring newsletter contains the latest news about the project, a focus on mentors, and updates from the team:
Employability Mentoring Newsletter January 2018
A quality assured project
Our work is quality assured and accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation resulting in our achievement of the Approved Provider Standard quality mark in November 2015.
Mentoring is all about sharing experiences based on great questions. It matters to us to provide clear information to you as part of our quality processes. On that note, click here to read our FAQ and get answers to some questions that you might be thinking of at this stage where you are potentially interested in getting involved.
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If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the project and express your interest using our online form.
General project email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employability Mentoring Manager
T: 0116 207 8979
M: 07909 000127
Employability Mentoring Assistant
T: 0116 257 7478