Career Mentoring Scheme
The Career Mentoring Scheme helps University of Greenwich students to plan and prepare for graduate employment by organising matches with experienced professionals who offer career-focused support.
The role of the mentor is to meet and communicate with their student mentee, to gain an understanding of their situation and to provide encouragement and motivation for the student to set and achieve career-focused goals. The aim is for the student mentee to learn from the professional experiences of their mentor, gaining first-hand insights into graduate careers and professional life.
Mentoring meetings and activities aim to build student confidence within a professional environment, to develop employability skills and to prepare the student for a successful transition to graduate-level employment.
Each mentoring relationship is structured around the student's career-focused goals which are discussed and agreed with the mentor at the start of the scheme.
Examples of activities include:
- One-to-one discussions, goal setting and action planning
- Office tour and introductions to colleagues
- Simulated job application and feedback
- Simulated interview and feedback
- Insights into specific areas of employment relevant to the student's career goals.
The scheme formally ends after six months, usually with a final meeting to review activities, assess progress and to agree on future objectives for the student to work towards individually.
Each mentor on the scheme should be prepared to carry out the following activities:
- To complete the mentor application form for the scheme and to submit this by the end of September.
- To attend a one hour briefing session for the scheme (this can be organised at your place of work if a group of colleagues are also participating in the scheme)
- To be available for an introductory meeting with the student mentee in early November
- To spend two hours each month in contact with the student mentee, communicating via e-mail or telephone and meeting face-to-face
- To complete a mid-scheme review to update the scheme co-ordinator of progress or of any issues
- If possible, to attend the ECS Volunteering and Mentoring Achievement Ceremony at the University of Greenwich in May/June following the end of the scheme
- To complete an end of scheme review in partnership with the mentee.
In addition to gaining a sense of achievement in enhancing a student's development, each mentor is awarded a Certificate of Participation signed by the university's Vice-Chancellor.
For further information and a copy of the mentor application form please contact the scheme's Co-ordinator:
Telephone: 020 8331 7894