The event was attended by business mentors from organisations including HM Revenue & Customs, McClaren Group, IBM, PwC, Accenture, Kennedys and Hutchinson 3G, and student mentees from across the University. The purpose was to allow participants to network and share mentoring experiences to date and to gather feedback on the effectiveness of the scheme.
Mentors and mentees reported that extremely productive relationships have already been formed, with significant developmental progress being made. The most successful elements of the mentoring programmes so far included learning transferrable skills, exploring new career avenues and increasing students’ confidence.
The event ended with networking over light refreshments where students were able to interact with a range of mentors and discuss their experiences.
One of the mentors, Josiah Kimani, Data Management Analyst at Hutchinson 3G, said “This is an excellent scheme and I am really pleased with the progress I have made with my mentee”. Khristall Mason, a final year Biological Sciences student, said “Although I feel I still have a long way to go and can get a lot more out of this scheme, I can already see great changes with myself compared to last year”.
This year the Career Development Centre has been able to match over 180 students with business mentors across its two mentoring schemes and has been particularly pleased to be supported by many University of Westminster Alumni. The National Mentoring Consortium scheme is run for UK undergraduate students from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, to promote equality and diversity in graduate recruitment, while the Career Development Centre scheme is open to all Westminster students. The schemes are designed to raise student aspirations and develop their personal effectiveness, from which they can go on to launch a variety of successful careers.
The schemes run on an annual basis and will be open to a new intake of students in September 2015. For more information, please visit our mentoring pages.
University staff members interested in finding out more about this and other initiatives are also welcome to attend the annual Student Affairs Celebration Event on Monday 8 June.